Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Greek driving

Right, when it comes to driving, Greeks seem to have the perception that they don't have to follow any rules. They probably didn't even go through the hassle of taking a driving test... why bother when you can just pay someone off, eh? 

When driving around in Greece or Cyprus, it is literally like a battle field; every man for himself!

Here is a classic example of Greeks not following the rules...

I remember being on holiday when I was younger and coming across a sign that said "no bike parking". The whole post sign was surrounded by at least 50 bikes - no joke. I can't find the picture of it anywhere though, but it was pretty funny!

Speaking of bikes and mopeds, they don't tend to follow rules at all. They don't stick to their lanes, speed like mad and expect that everyone should keep out of their way! Be warned if you are about to cross the street or if you are even in a car as there is likely to be a bike somewhere around..

File:Narrow streets of Gaios.jpg

Traffic lights... imagine streets without them! Actually, just go to Greece. It's pretty much like they don't exist! OK, so maybe it's not that bad, but red lights seem to make people impatient! If the lights are amber and turning red, you'll find that Greeks will speed up to try and beat the red light rather than slow down like you're *meant* to! Even if the red light catches them out, they'll do this thing called "creeping" where there will slightly edge forward every few seconds until they are practically sitting in the middle of the cross road!

Liti Traffic Lights

Finally, the mountains. Greece and Cyprus are very mountainous. They're so beautiful and offer the most stunning views, but getting up there is probably going to cause you a heart attack if you're not used to it! As I have already expressed, Greeks like to speed. This includes up mountains... Curvy, windy roads on mountain edges, to be precise. All I can suggest, if that you do your 'stavro' (cross) and hope for the best!

File:Road through the mountains at Karpenisi, Evrytania, Greece.jpg

Oh and while you're up in the mountains, watch out for the sheep!

What are your experiences of crazy Greek driving?


  1. You're so screwed if you have a greek instructor as well!

  2. Absolutely. "Eh don't go around the roundabout, it's only a little one you can go over it!" *fail...


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