Tips for Driving in Greece
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When traveling to Greece, you might be wondering if you should rent a car or not. The driving in Greece can be tricky, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. There are just some nuances to keep in mind that will make your driving experience a lot more pleasant. The truth is, it’s easy to get around by car and having one will enable you to see places that you might not be able to get to otherwise.
Here’s more information to keep on hand when driving in Greece:
Understanding Pedestrian Walks
In Greece, people cross when the road is clear. That means that they can cross it at any point. Therefore, you should be careful when you drive in populated areas. People don’t always use the pedestrian walk to cross, but some people do use it.
Get to Know Road Signs
The roads in Greece have been in existence for thousands of years. Most of them were built during the Greek empire era. Over the years, vegetation has grown beside those roads. As a result, it might be difficult to see some road signs because they might be hidden behind trees. Therefore, drive cautiously when you see trees beside the road. You never know, there can be a bump or sharp corner ahead. These signs are similar to the rest of Europe.
Drivers Can Get Too Close
In Greece, it is common for other drivers to get too close to your car. Don’t panic, this is pretty typical behavior. Do your best to ignore it and just be mindful of the fact that they’re close when you apply your breaks. Be sure to give the driver behind you plenty of notice.
Don’t Use Your Phone
Driving while using your phone is dangerous anywhere around the world. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that you aren’t allowed to drive and use your phone in Greece. If the police catch you, the penalty will be expensive.
Put on Your Seat Belt
The use of seat belts in a moving car is universal. The seat belt keeps you and other passengers safe in case of an accident. When driving in Greece, make sure that you put on your seat belt. It is also a rule in the European Union so it’s best to follow it.
Watch out for Motorbike Riders
Motorbike riders in Greece are rowdy. They will speed past you in traffic because they are used to it. Therefore, watch out for them anytime your vehicle stops at a red light.
Obey Speed Limits
When you drive in crowded areas, you shouldn’t drive faster than 19 mph or 30 kph. The speed limit in the city is 32 mph or 50 kph. When you’re out of town, the speed limit is 56 mph or 90 kph. On the motorway, the speed limit is 75 mph or 120 kph.
Get to Know Traffic Laws
Speed humps are used to slow down cars in a busy street; for example near a school or shopping center. You’re not allowed to overtake a car on a speed hump. The traffic laws of Greece also prohibit drivers from overtaking at bottlenecks, junctions, pedestrian crossings, and corners.
Keep in Mind Child Safety
It’s not safe for a child to sit on the front seat because if an accident happens, the airbags can seriously injure the minor. In Greek, your child should be at least 11 years old for them to ride on the front seat.
The next time you visit Greece and plan to drive yourself, know the traffic rules. It will make it easier for you to navigate the streets and avoid costly tickets.
This post was written by Greek Boston