Home
Welcome

Please select your city:


Username
Password
Remember
Click here to register
Forgot Password?
     
Move to Turkey
Relocation Companies
Where To Stay
Hotels, Aparts, Suites
Learn Turkish
Instructors, Courses

Member interviews
What about yours?
Lisa from Kadıköy
Sarah from Sisli
Claudia from Fenerbahce
Nilgün from Suadiye
Aaron from Çekmeköy

From Members' Pen
Members' columns
Be a Correspondent
A Weekend Escape to Edirne
Siirt in Istanbul
Lemon Cheesecake
A Visit to Aya Yorgi and Heybeliada
Angelique´s Latest Trips
Advertisement Advertise here/Buraya reklam verin

Forums
Moving to Turkey
Relocation
Law & Legal
Health
Money affairs
Vehicles (Cars, boats, motocycles etc)
Communications, electronics, media
Children / Les enfants
Pets
Turkish Language
Tourism / Travel / Sightseeing
Educational Topics


e-coupons

Free newsletter

Your Name

Your Email

We will send regular newsletters to our members who have signed up for receiving it during the registration. In 'mymerhaba' newsletter, our editorial staff provides updates, with regard to any information related to places worth visiting, viewing, or otherwise worth knowing, for those who care to know more....

Driving in Istanbul

by Canan Negüs

Untitled Document Have you ever worked at a circus as an acrobat? If your answer is yes skip reading the following. But if your answer is no it's time for to be one in order to drive in Istanbul. Bu sure any day driving in Istanbul traffic takes much longer than the miles on the map would suggest.

Impressing on that driving in Istanbul is an exciting experience requires good driving skills and fair aggressiveness to get through the traffic. It resembles a jungle you should get rid of safely.

First of all one should be real patient in order to deal with driving, especially during rush hours. Avery very little adversity causes you to arrive at 40 minutes later to a place that is just 10-minutes away. Moreover, insufficient open and covered park areas, subdivided pavements by shop owners either to exhibit their goods or not to let the cars park in front of their windows, out of order park meters, policeman taking away the parked cars whenever and wherever they want and car-park mafia to whom you pay a reasonable park fee in order to save your car from some damage unfortunately unexplainable facts of Istanbul traffic.

Although traffic rules are theoretically same as in the western countries almost nobody obeys them. Therefore the fastest, biggest and the cruelest have the priority on the roads, wherever or at what speed he's coming. Please note "HE" is written on purpose when referring a driver, because female drivers are less and they have a tendency to be rather caring. Well most men drivers say, "Women drivers do not make accidents but they cause others make accidents". Maybe it's a kind of self-satisfaction of their ego, who knows…

Pedestrians have the lowest priority, and they are to know it and to be very quick to avoid being run over. Well, the drivers are quite used to pedestrians getting out of the way in the last second. So whether they may sound strange to you if you don't know the local off the cuff rules you get into such positions where you think the pedestrians are "aiming" at you.

You may sometimes surround by an army of taxi and dolmuş drivers and car horns blared from all corners. Most of the taxi drivers have a sixth sense that is while waiting at the red light, the horns and the green light always functions at the same time. This is a secret the drivers keep themselves!

One of the facts you may get real difficulty to understand is that "Why those drivers try to kill the passengers, pedestrians, other drivers and of course themselves, just a save very little time that they will fritter away anyway?"

Despite the fact that the Traffic directorate putting signs stating, "Don't be traffic monster" together with standard traffic sign, some of them only obey "their" rules. These drivers consider that the gas pedal is just an on/off device, forgetting the fact that it also has positions between slow and fast.

The brake space you keep to your preceding car is always considered an "invitation" to be passed from left or right.

Mainly uneducated taxi, dolmus and truck drivers have a very philosophical approach to driving: "Allah decides on everything, hence why should I worry to drive reasonably." That is Turks all drive fully believing that whatever they do "Allah" will protect them. And you "non-Muslims" are ill fated!

If you are a female driver and pass a dolmus, taxi or truck be sure their ego will wounded and they will try to do something extremely stupid to show you who is the king of the road if he catches up with you.

In particular they can turn left or right from any lane and it is an honor to turn right from the left-most lane for most dolmuş and taxi drivers. Also cars do not stop before or even on the pedestrian crossing. Honking is however a life style for them and rarely considered as cruelty. Most of the time it is a greeting or a reminder that you are going to be passed from right.

Taxi and dolmus drivers honk almost non-stop in order to gather business therefore do not consider those honks and be sure there is no law in Turkey stating that you are not allowed to walk!

Well, these are the first things coming to our minds, we are sure you may add some to such behaviors by your own experiences.

As somebody has said "Westerners die by accident, Turks live by accident!"


 

 

 

 

 




Internet in Turkey
Accommodation
Catering Services
City Transport, Istanbul
City transport, Ankara
Conversion Table
Daily Shopping
Driving in Istanbul
Dry Cleaning
Earthquake Preparedness
Finding an address..
House Cleaning
How to tip - Bahşiş
International Customs and Traffic Documents
New Fixed Phone Line Tariffs
Paying the Bills
Paying the bills, Ankara
Personal Security Precautions
Real Estate Agencies
While You're in Turkey
Speaking Turkish
Turkish in Daily Life
Winter & Your Car
Your Right Hands

Latest comments about this article

 By Colwyn  22.11.2003

Brilliant article. Have recommended it to friends. Will post phot of traffic sign on my office door.

 By deryaay  17.10.2003

In the eye of foreigners istanbul is really funny and ironic metropolitan city. Most of them bothers us too. But there is nothing to do. It is matter of mentality and i hope it will change in the next millenium.

Would you like to add your comment about this article? Click here!


Editor's Picks

Dried Fruit Shops Small shops called Kuruyemişçi are found throughout town and in each neighborhood. more...

How to tip Here are some clues on tipping in Turkey... Who to tip and how much? more...

Alexandre Vallaury - Architect Alexandre Vallaury was born into a Levantine family in İstanbul in 1850. Apart from the years he spent on architecture education in Paris, he lived in İstanbul for the rest of his life. more...

Catholic Churches in Istanbul The list of Catholic Churches serving in Istanbul. more...

Nahıl Store, Istanbul December is the month of gifts…Nahıl at Beyoğlu offers you unique handicrafts and interesting objects and products. more...

Kartalkaya Kartalkaya ski resort is located southeast of Bolu, in the North west of Turkey in the pic-turesque pine forests of Köroğlu mountains. more...


Latest Articles
International Izmir Festival
The Flying Broom Festival
Ankara Jazz Festival
Zorlu PSM Jazz Festival
Classical Guitar Festival
Kadıköy Walk - Audio Tour
Istanbul Tulip Festival
XJAZZ Festival 2017
Ankara Music Festival
Istanbul Film Festival






 

Survival Basics
Internet in Turkey
Accommodation
Catering Services
City Transport, Istanbul
City transport, Ankara
Conversion Table
Daily Shopping
Driving in Istanbul
Dry Cleaning
Earthquake Preparedness
Finding an address..
House Cleaning
How to tip - Bahşiş
International Customs and Traffic Documents
New Fixed Phone Line Tariffs
Paying the Bills
Paying the bills, Ankara
Personal Security Precautions
Real Estate Agencies
While You're in Turkey
Speaking Turkish
Turkish in Daily Life
Winter & Your Car
Your Right Hands




Rhythm of Town

Events calendar
Valentine's Day
Istanbul Live
This Weekend in Istanbul
Ankara Live
This Weekend in Ankara
Social Clubs in Ankara
Restaurants and Cafes in Istanbul
Restaurants and Cafes in Ankara
Sightseeing in Istanbul
Sightseeing in Ankara
Various Discoveries
Best of...
Art and Culture in Istanbul
Art & Culture in Ankara
For Kids - Istanbul
For Kids - Ankara
Hobbies Istanbul
Hobbies Ankara
Sports
Biletix System
Films on cnbc-e


Turkeywide

Turkish Ruins
Mount Ararat Trek
Seeing the Truth
Filmmor 2017
XJAZZ Festival 2017
International Izmir Festival
The Flying Broom Festival
In Other Cities
Baksı Museum
It´s Time to Take Pictures!!
Photo of the Month
Inside Out in Istanbul
Sand Sculpture Festival
Mandatory Health Insurance for Expats
Impossible Fairies - Out Now
Istanbul Contemporary Cuisine
Changes on Work Permit
New Year
Turkey's TOP 10s
Summer-house
Anzac Day
İzmir Wild Life Park
Antalya State Opera and Ballet - March
Izmir State Opera and Ballet - March
Registration of Canadians Abroad
News From The Expat Harem
Latest Amendments in Land Registry Law


Events Calendar

<< May 2017 >>
Su
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fr
Sa
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Shopping
Shopping in Istanbul
Shopping in Ankara
Product showcase
Shopping corner

Weather

Istanbul

Ankara



Advertising/Reklam
Add "mymerhaba" to my favorites | make "mymerhaba" my homepage
About "mymerhaba"
| Thanks to | Contact Us | Links | FAQ
copyright "mymerhaba" All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
This site is best viewed with Internet Explorer 5 or greater with minimum 800*600 resolution

powered by IDserv
Website Security Test