How to stay cool on the roads by Beej
02.04.2016 - 05.04.2016 16 °C
When you plan to go to the Continent you get a lot of advice from those who have done before or reckon they have. Prepareth for the lesson:
1. I was told by the transfer bus driver who drove me from the Sunny to Brissy AP that he spent four months per year in Lake Garda area of Northern Italy that Italian drivers were far better Qld. drivers. Are you kidding me mate?? It's bullshit.
1. They park anywhere anytime and anyhow regardless of restrictions
2. They don't stop at pedestrian crossings.
3. They tailgate outrageously
4. They overtake anywhere
So far the roads here have been narrow and winding, apart from the Autostrada's which let you do 130klm and God help you if you get caught in the left lane doing any less. Of course the Autostradas cost; tolls can go to 15 Euros if you stay on them long enough. Trucks are confined strictly to the right hand lane..in theory. Mostly rules and regulations are bent (seriously) and stuff you wouldn't dare do in Oz is common practice here. All I can say is that it's a real experience driving here and not just as simple as keeping to the right.
Given that you have to drive the trick is to go with the flow, keep moving, ignore the tailgaters and don't be afraid... leave the fear to your passenger.
In Florence the bus drivers deserve medals. They hurtle down narrow one-way streets flat out with literally millimetres either side of illegally and badly parked cars. However the Florence bus system is confusing and tiresome. There's no simple sense to it and the best thing is to ask.