Exploring rural Italy by car is without doubt the best, most adventurous way to discover this beautiful country’s many delights. There are, however, a few things you need to be aware of if you hope to make your trip without having a road traffic accident.
Driving on the right
The first thing to always remember is to stay on the right on Italian and other European roads.
Italian drivers also have very different views on what constitutes ‘slow’, so be prepared for drivers flashing at you on the motorways and other, more rural, roads. The speed limit on motorways in Italy is 130 km per hour (around 80 mph), but cars tend to travel a lot faster than that.
Unless you are overtaking, try to avoid traffic accidents by keeping to the right. Drivers in Italy also tend to ignore safety distances, so stay calm, do not get nervous and avoid braking sharply.
It appears that at times, rules and regulations are somewhat open to drivers’ interpretation, so your best bet is to avoid vehicle collisions by driving at a pace you are comfortable with, remaining relaxed, but alert and keeping your foot hovering over both the brake and the accelerator, because you never know which one will be most useful at any given moment.
Main roads into towns and ring roads tend to be jam-packed at weekends and, of course, during the peak tourist season. Avoid motoring accidents by remaining vigilant at all times, while at the same time staying calm, cool and collected.
Long trips along winding roads can be tiring, so take regular breaks in order to prevent road accidents caused by fatigue. Depending on the area you are travelling in, losing your concentration even for just a moment could not only result in being hit by an oncoming vehicle, but could have you careering out of a bend and down a steep mountain drop.
Mamma mia! A mishap!
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