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1. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

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Hi,
Just wondering what the pitfalls are for driving in Italy. I have never driven on the Right Hand Side of the road so the rules will be the opposite to what I am used to I guess. Any major things I need to be aware of?
I plan to hire a car for a couple of days but will not be driving in any of the big cities. Just regional towns and the country in the Veneto area.

2. Posted by Tolemak (Full Member 75 posts) 10y

Just remember the basic rule. It is never your faulth, it is always the other one and you'll be fine.

happy driving

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Drive where the other cars are and you will be fine!!!

4. Posted by lzikzak (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Oh if u r in veneto then u r safe ( i guess ull be seeing venezia ) i say u r safe as police there are nice and kind plus remember always do not drive slow as the might suspect you of something alwyas drive fast and ull be fine ( some suggestions .. near vicenza there are the castles of romeo and juliet worht seeing :-) then Padova top place and Trevizo ofcourse :-) ... ) enjoy the stay it will be freezing :-)

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

One thing I find when I drive on the other/wrong side of the road, is that I always tend to veer into the gutter. You might want to keep that in mind.

All up, it's easier than I thought (and yes, I've driven in Italy).

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Sorry, one other thing; when on the freeways/autostradas DO NOT sit in the overtaking lane. You will have cars coming up behind you at very high speeds and they will blast you with their horns and flash their lights.

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Sorry, one other thing; when on the freeways/autostradas DO NOT sit in the overtaking lane. You will have cars coming up behind you at very high speeds and they will blast you with their horns and flash their lights.

Well that is a typical example of Italian temper

8. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

It could be worse you could be on the freeways like America where the slow and fast lanes dont exist.People cut across 4 lanes without giving a damn and you never know whether they are coming from the left or right.
After a few hours you will be fine.
Ive just gone from england to Canada,America,New Zealand,Australia and Hawaii and been chopping and changing from left to right like you wouldnt believe and except for one ****hole police in New Zealand who seem to have there own laws ive been ok.

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting -reece-

It could be worse you could be on the freeways like America where the slow and fast lanes dont exist.People cut across 4 lanes without giving a damn and you never know whether they are coming from the left or right.
After a few hours you will be fine.
Ive just gone from england to Canada,America,New Zealand,Australia and Hawaii and been chopping and changing from left to right like you wouldnt believe and except for one ****hole police in New Zealand who seem to have there own laws ive been ok.

Drive in countries like India, that's tough!!!

10. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Remember to go roundabouts anticlockwise!
I've known a lot of people that have gotten confused about that..