Why do you love being Colombian

As a self-drive through Colombia: Useful tips & information

  • Beware of potholes

    Some of the roads in Colombia are in very bad condition. It is therefore essential to adjust your speed to the driving conditions and keep an eye on the potholes.

  • Insidious speed bumps

    The speed bumps are usually in the same color as the road and not marked with a separate color - caution is advised here.

  • Stick to speed limits

    Even if the locals don't always adhere to it strictly, you should definitely do it.

    • Local area: 60 km / h
    • Country road: 80 km / h
    • Motorway: 100 km / h
  • Drive on the right side

    As with us, there is right-hand traffic in Colombia. So you don't have to get used to it.

  • Always have some cash with you

    You should always have some cash with you for any tolls or parking fees.

  • Be patient when driving

    Always plan a little more time, because due to the sometimes poor road conditions, even short stretches can take a long time.

  • Don't leave valuables in the car

    Since break-ins occur again and again, you should not leave any valuables in the car. It is best to always park the car so that you can keep an eye on it.

  • Buckle up please

    In Colombia, too, it is a requirement that all occupants are buckled up.

  • No drink driving

    That should go without saying, but we would like to mention it nonetheless. The rules for drink-driving in Colombia are very strict and you usually exceed them with a beer. So if you still have to drive, hands off the alcohol.

  • Get a ticket from the police

    If you drove too fast or otherwise disregarded a rule, pay your fine, if possible not directly to the police. To avoid corruption, the police will issue tickets that indicate where you will have to pay the fine. If a police officer demands the money directly, ask for a ticket if the situation allows.

  • In case of emergency

    If there is still an accident, here are the most important emergency numbers:

    • 112
    • 123 (Medellin, Bogota and Cucuta)