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10.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 03 Nov 2009 Tue 06:47 pm

 

Quoting juperez89123

Hi everyone. I am from the US and I am going to Turkey in January. I want to rent a car but I am somewhat scared. Has anyone driven in the US and Turkey? Can you let me know if there is much difference? Hows the traffic? How do people drive? Is it like Rome, Paris, Sao Paulo or is the drivers calmer like the US? Thanks for your response

 

 I am from the US and drive whenever I visit Turkey.  Driving in the cities is an extremely intense experience to say the least.  I don´t advise it.  However mass transporation in major cities in Turkey is very good, so you won´t need to drive.  If you will be out in the country, the driving is somewhat easier, however, keep an eye out when going thru intersection.....Turkish drivers do not understand "right of way".  Use common sense....don´t speed (even though everyone else will be).  This will give you time to react to everyone elses bad habits.  I would call your US insurance company and make sure that they cover you if you should be in an accident in Turkey.  Sometimes you will have to pay an extra fee....but it is well worth it, if something happens!

11.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 05 Nov 2009 Thu 09:39 pm

I just came back from a great road-trip in Turkey. We did a respectable 1000+ kilometers in about 3 and a half days. Some roads are just like I know them in The Netherlands...very straight and very good. I´ve also been dragged along small mountain roads, where barely one lane was shared with on-coming tractors and family-packed old white cars You all know the type I´m talking about.

I would say, it depends on which areas you are planning to drive around. Compared to The Netherlands Turkish roads don´t have a lot of lights shining on them in the night. But generally the roads are good, although small village roads should be handled with care

12.       vineyards
1954 posts
 05 Nov 2009 Thu 10:10 pm

Quoting barba_mama

I just came back from a great road-trip in Turkey. We did a respectable 1000+ kilometers in about 3 and a half days. Some roads are just like I know them in The Netherlands...very straight and very good. I´ve also been dragged along small mountain roads, where barely one lane was shared with on-coming tractors and family-packed old white cars You all know the type I´m talking about.

I would say, it depends on which areas you are planning to drive around. Compared to The Netherlands Turkish roads don´t have a lot of lights shining on them in the night. But generally the roads are good, although small village roads should be handled with care

 

Turkey is about twenty times as large as the Netherlands. Much of its territory is rugged terrain and high plateaus. There are all sorts of places in the country. Generally speaking major land roads are usually in good or excellent condition. Smalle, lesss significant roads are generally much worse.

 

I once did 1170 kilometers in less than 10 hours. Not three and a half days

Many Turks living in Germany travel all the way from Germany to their towns or villages in Anatolia non-stop. Still, 1000 kilometers is quite a long distance...



Edited (11/6/2009) by vineyards

13.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 07 Nov 2009 Sat 06:55 pm

1170 kilometers in less then 10 hours...sounds like somebody drove too fast and has to be happy the police wasn´t around I´m just glad I didn´t go 100+ km an hour over those mountain roads. I can see myself being launched over the edge already!

14.       *cartel*
40 posts
 07 Nov 2009 Sat 09:04 pm

you gonna be first time in turkey so ill tell you one thing, especially about istanbul´s traffic .if you want to stay fine as psychologically NEVER drive a car in istanbul.

15.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 07 Nov 2009 Sat 10:31 pm

Trick to safe driving in Turkia is to make sure you have 3 other crazy drivers in your car, while driving.

 

Needless to say, you should never let the other loonies drive....not ever !

 

The idea here is that while there is a very high probability that there will be another car driven by an accident prone lunatic  around you,  at any given time or place, on any piece of highway,  the chances of five lunatics coming together in any one accident is very very low. Hence, even you can safely drive in Turkia, thanks to your own lunatics.

 

This deep knowledge of statistical probability laws is what kept me alive so far.



Edited (11/7/2009) by AlphaF
Edited (11/7/2009) by AlphaF

16.       vineyards
1954 posts
 08 Nov 2009 Sun 12:33 am

Much of the driving was done on motorways where the legal speed limit is 140kmh (no one cares).

It did not have much to do with speed. It was non-stop driving that did the trick. When I jumped off the car my eyes were swollen and bloody and I was in a miserable condition. The silly objective was to find out whether I could drive more than 1000 kms without ever stopping.

 

Quoting barba_mama

1170 kilometers in less then 10 hours...sounds like somebody drove too fast and has to be happy the police wasn´t around I´m just glad I didn´t go 100+ km an hour over those mountain roads. I can see myself being launched over the edge already!

 

 



Edited (11/8/2009) by vineyards

17.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 12 Nov 2009 Thu 03:27 pm

 

Quoting vineyards

Much of the driving was done on motorways where the legal speed limit is 140kmh (no one cares).

It did not have much to do with speed. It was non-stop driving that did the trick. When I jumped off the car my eyes were swollen and bloody and I was in a miserable condition. The silly objective was to find out whether I could drive more than 1000 kms without ever stopping.

 

 

 

 

 Oh, sleep depreviation...much better

18.       sheena
308 posts
 12 Nov 2009 Thu 04:17 pm

I drive in Turkey, but only round Bodrum penisular and Bodrum at night.  Its great fun, as long as you drive at your pace and not others.  Don´t be harrased by crazy drivers behind you, they will soon overtake you. Also, be aware at T junctions, while I was looking for oncoming traffic a Turkish driver pulled out from behind me and turned left the way I was going.

It´s true Turkish drivers do not observe the rules and seem to make up their own. Oh, and also be aware of cows, ducks and slow walking Turks crossing roads, other than that, enjoy, there´s some beautifull scenery to look at (not while driving of course){#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

19.       yilgun-2010
572 posts
 12 Nov 2009 Thu 07:00 pm

This is a good question.

I am a three years driver between Ankara and İzmir.

 

-  Fırst of all you will need to be more careful.

 

-  Be aware of animals, slow walking people and students crossing roads.

 

-  Speed limit and  security distance and right direction are very very important factors in traffic..

 

Ankara , İzmir and western districts are good as traffic flow.

But İstanbul district  is dangerous because of traffic´s heavy.

 

Unfortunately most drivers in İstanbul and other districts don´t obey and know traffic rules or practice.

You can go to anywhere by local bus, dolmuş - shared taxi -, train, ship or taxi.



Edited (11/12/2009) by yilgun-2010

20.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 12 Nov 2009 Thu 07:05 pm

 

Quoting sheena

I drive in Turkey, but only round Bodrum penisular and Bodrum at night.  Its great fun, as long as you drive at your pace and not others.  Don´t be harrased by crazy drivers behind you, they will soon overtake you. Also, be aware at T junctions, while I was looking for oncoming traffic a Turkish driver pulled out from behind me and turned left the way I was going.

It´s true Turkish drivers do not observe the rules and seem to make up their own. Oh, and also be aware of cows, ducks and slow walking Turks crossing roads, other than that, enjoy, there´s some beautifull scenery to look at (not while driving of course){#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

 

 Especially in that area people shouldn´t drive too fast...jeez, the police LOVE to have stake-outs there

And to the list of animals I want to add goats and chickens.

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