The common belief states for us it's normal to drive over the speed limits, to honk, to double park, and only recently we are learning to stop at the zebra crossing. Shocking, huh?
Honestly we are a little bit better than this, but, yes, it's more than a stereotype.
So, this is a little guide for you, if you decide to rent a car in our country and try this thrilling experience. If you are American pay attention because some rules are very different from yours.
- To Drive, you must be 18.
- At crossings, vehicles approaching from the right always have right of way ( NOT the first car reaching the crossing)
- The use of seatbelts in both the front and rear seats is mandatory ( Italians only use them on the front, apart from kids)
- Talking on the cellphone while driving is ABSOLUTELY forbidden.
- You can overtake only on the left ( NOT on both sides)
- DON'T DRINK if you have to drive: Italy allows 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood and recently it became a very strong issue over here.
- Parking: blue lines mean you have to pay; white lines mean it's free
- Speed limits are 50 km/h in town; 130 km/h on highways/motorways- Radar traps are frequent.
- Headlights on are mandatory during the day, but not in towns.
- Highways are not free.
- Pay attention to traffic circle: many Italians still can't understand how they work.
- When you are at a red traffic lamp, when the green comes, before moving, CONTROL nobody is coming...unfortunately some drivers still cross the road with the red light.
- Always check other drivers; especially in some cities (like Rome or Naples or Milan) traffic is incredible and drivers are very...creative.
IF YOU ARE A PEDESTRIAN, PLEASE, BEFORE CROSSING THE ROAD ON THE ZEBRA CROSSING, CHECK THE STREET. Zebra Crossing here doesn't mean all the drivers will stop to allow you to cross the street.
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