Whilst I'm sure that all forum users are careful and thoughtful drivers, please could I drop a couple of gentle reminders/tips about driving on holiday.
*Don't drive and map read at the same time. If the driver needs to look at a map indicate, pull over, put your hazards on if needs be, and then look.
*If you come to a junction and are unsure which way to go, don't slam on the brakes and sit in the middle of the junction pondering. Find a safe place to stop, where you can if needs be look at that map and make an informed decision about which way to go. Be assured that there will be somewhere not far away where you can safely turn around and retrace your steps if you need to.
*If you're driving or riding slowly (quad bikes are a prime example here) and traffic builds up behind you, find a safe place to pull over and let them pass. You may be enjoying the leisurely drive, but others may have places to be and tight timescales to keep. Holding them up can lead to errors in judgement and drivers trying to overtake in unsafe places.
My sincere apologies if I sound pompous or am teaching you to suck eggs, but there hasn't been a day this week where I have witnessed at least one of the above on my way to work. Today alone (a Sunday) I've twice narrowly missed hire cars whose drivers have stopped dead in the middle of a junction and then got maps out to decide which route to take, whilst blocking the road. I also followed a young lady driving through the centre of Corfu Town weaving from one side of the road to the other as she simultaneously map read and clipped curbs.
Driving in on unfamiliar roads can be a bit daunting, but please keep yourself, your loved ones and other road users safe when driving on holiday.
All the above, coupled with driving an unfamiliar vehicle on the "wrong" side of the road can lead to disaster.
We gave up worrying a long time ago about getting lost on Corfu! Nowadays we just enjoy the drive and hope we will eventually reach our preferred destination! If not, there's always the place we've accidentally ended up in
I have to agree with all of the above, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who stop suddenly to look at the map or who stop on a junction/brow of a hill you wouldn't do this when driving at home so why do it here... also the amount of people who walk down the middle of a main road with kids and buggies in tow and then raise their fists at you if you drive too close... hello its a main road for cars... yes I know many of the villages don't have paths but still there must be some common sense left. Ssorry to go on grumble over now, hope you have a safe happy hols.
Message posted by entrus10 on 19áJuneá2011 at 6:42pm - IP Logged
Quite agree Bill. We call the area around Sinarades "the Bermuda Triangle" as the road signs are so very confusing. At the top of the hill driving towards Ag. Gordis from Milia there is a fork in the road to the right going north, where throughout the summer tourists invariably stop in the middle of the road to consult the map. It is a very dangerous junction at the best of times, made even more dangerous by these stationary cars. Quad bikes are the bane of my life and never seem to pull over and sometimes you can be stuck behind them for miles, especially if it is a "quad bike safari". Quite irritating if you are trying to get to an appointment on time and it is boiling hot.
I sympathise Lavinia. I've only been on a quad once (in UK) and I don't relish repeating the experience! It was off road and I had an horrendous time, whilst Richard whizzed round the course like a 16 year old! It is very frustrating being stuck behind a safari, be it quads or 4x4's!
It is amazing what people will do on holiday that they wouldn't dream of at home...the thought of stopping in the middle of a road over here doesn't bear thinking about, so why do it when on holiday?
Message posted by weeprincess on 19áJuneá2011 at 9:16pm - IP Logged
Well said Rocky and Bill, couldnt agree more especially the point about them having a leisurely drive when Ive got schools and work to get to. We are not on holiday! Sorry to sound mean. Also stopping at junctions is very dangerous but what amazes me more is that if you look into the car of the offenders they are completely oblivious to what is going on around them and the danger they are causing to themselves and others.
Message posted by maureenandbrian on 19áJuneá2011 at 10:00pm - IP Logged
To drive as a local ...
The main thing to remember is that you have to have and show no fear
YOURE IN THE THE RIGHT ALWAYS
1. Always over take on a blind bend irrespective if its a scooter or tourist coach.
3.When you see a friend in a local village scream to a halt...block the road...chat for a mimimum of 15 minutes before hearing the horns from behind you.
4.Use phone dont wear seat belt eat or drink while driving with your knees.
5.Ignore all give ways in Corfu Town.
6.Never signal left right turn just do it and if the idiot behind runs into you its his fault anyway (hired cars its a must)
7.When stopped by police for bad driving just point out your following the car in front and he's Greek and showing you to your accomadation and you had to keep up.
8.When passengers complain about the speed tell them the bar closes in 10 minutes
9.Drive as close to the car in front then if you do hit you are so close it doesnt do as much damage.
1.IGNORE ALL OF THE ABOVE
Also please note than when hiring a motor bike/scooter ensure its a Vespa so that one child can sit at your feet and your wife and other child can perch on the back. Its also wise to take the bulb out of the head light and let your wife hold a torch over your shoulder during night travelling.
All the more reason for taking care and being aware of your surroundings when driving in Corfu then Brian (or Maureen), especially if you're not familiar with the roads.
I do agree there seems to be an island wide obsession for driving with a mobile stuck to your ear. Everyone from coach drivers to moped riders do it. Perhaps there's a business opportunity for selling hands free kits...
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