Why carry an IDP while driving in Indonesia?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Indonesia highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Indonesia
Up for a real-life temple run? Discover Indonesia and be amazed by this amazing country. Driving in Indonesia can be challenging. However, familiarize yourself with a few rules and you will do just fine! In Indonesia, roads around the cities are usually of good quality and well signed and marked.
Rural road conditions are generally poor and many roads are narrow. Most rural roads have two lanes but do not have road markings and lights. Road traffic signs are sometimes written in English and Indonesian languages, but often only in Indonesian. Toll roads are only in urban areas.
- Traffic flows on the left side of the road.
- The minimum age for driving in Indonesia is 17 years.
- It is obligatory to have a sticker on the car which displays the country’s initials.
- Any foreign driver must always carry his International driving permit accompanied by an original driver license, passport, and vehicle registration or rental papers.
- Front seats must have seat belts.
- Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers. Motorcycles are limited to one driver and one passenger.
- Basic liability or third party insurance is required for all vehicles.
- Each vehicle must have safety belts for a driver and front-seat passengers; warning road triangle; fluorescent safety jacket; first aid kit; fire extinguisher; spare tire; jack and tire iron.
- The speed limits are: in built-up areas – 50 km/h; on highways – 100 km/h for motorbikes and cars and 60 to 80 km/h for trucks; on roads – 80 km/h.
- Police phone number is 110.
Additional advice for driving in Indonesia
In Indonesia, it is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol.
It is recommended to have in a vehicle a set of spare light bulbs and a tow rope.
Be careful, Indonesian drivers can use the road shoulders as lanes for passing.
It is not recommended to drive at night since vehicles may not display lights and trucks have wrongly coloured front lights.
Parking is normally permitted in marked parking bays.
Driving in Indonesia in the Winter
Winter is not a concern. Drive with extra caution from November to March as it is rainy season. Indonesian roads are pretty slippery so always check your tires.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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