Just some points from a recent holiday, hopefully might be useful for anyone unsure about travelling to Romania. We drove Opoteni-Sinaia-Brasov-Zabola-Sighisoara-Sibiu-Bucharest
No problems at all with safety. We walked around most of the cities above after dark. I guess if you stray off the beaten path in cities it might be different, like any other country. Lots of random dogs, but they all seemed friendly.
Reading some posts on this forum, you'd be forgiven for thinking its mayhem. Its not, its fine. The odd kamikaze overtaker, but otherwise driving is stress free. Take your time, watch out for horses and dogs..Nervous drivers can easily slot in behind a lorry or slow Dacia and just trundle along.
Main roads are generally in very good condition, you can see some EU money has been spent. Secondary roads are hit and miss, some have rough patches. Other roads can be awful, pothole hell. We had to turn back a couple of times and take a longer route on a main road.
If renting, make sure you check that the spare wheel is present and in good condition before you leave the rental agency....pothole punctures are common.
Petrol stations are everywhere, the toilets were generally pristine in these.
Try to save coins when you get them. They are rare, but you need them for parking meters in towns.
Don't speed through villages and towns. Even though nobody else seems to be keeping to the 50km/h limit, random speed traps are everywhere, especially Bucharest to Brasov road. We got caught once by an unfriendly policeman, not pleasant.
Not as bad as I thought it would be. Most of the better restaurants have cottoned onto tourist needs, and have a seperate smoking an non smoking section. Bars are generally full of smoke, including hotel bars.
We had a brilliant holiday, highly recommended