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Driving on the other side in Italy - help

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11. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 11y

Thanks everyone, I feel better now. It will be April 2006 so I hope it won't be too freezing!! Yes, the roundabouts will probably be the trickiest but as you say, go anticlockwise & if all else fails follow everyone else. I may do a Griswald and once on a roundabout, never be able to get off - Yoiks...
I was aware of the keep to the right rule (slow lane) as the other lanes to the left are for overtaking. I think that is a common rule in Europe - stay away from the fast lanes unless you are going faster than everyone else.. Thanks again ciao..

12. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 11y

the tipical italian way of driving is pretty fast, almost everywhere. But if you choose countryside streets instead of motorways, and cross towns, you wouldn't have so much problems.
I agree with james with overtaking lanes in the motorway. Avoid driving in big cities, traffic signs are sometimes not too clear (or, simply, are not at all)

13. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 11y

the only place i've seen crazier drivers than some parts of Italy is Malta. They seem to ignore the pedestrians :) . I have some friends there and had my share of laughters commenting their driving style.

14. Posted by Americano (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Remember, when driving in Italy...

  • Street signs are suggestions
  • Traffic lights are suggestions
  • Dotted lines in the road are to be ignored
  • All lines painted on road surfaces should be ignored
  • You must always have your right hand on the radio dial

15. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

I was really bricking myself before I first drove on the right side; before heading over to France from England. But I think it gets a lot better after you have done your first roundabout. Generally, you're just following all the other cars anyway.

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