How to behave on the roads in different countries
Rudeness on the Russian roads become as commonplace as pits, bad marks and broken asphalt. We spoke with the people of Hungary, the USA, Australia, Turkey, Israel and Thailand about the local culture of driving.
"Australia has a fairly busy traffic, especially in the morning (although this is nothing compared with the Philippines or Russia). It seems, then everyone tries to undercut you, or look at your window and yell in the face. I try not to respond to attacks, although sometimes does not come out. We have no help to "break" the driver on the road. He is a special service that transports your car or help fix something on the spot. Here and pedestrians are the same. The rules do not know, climb everywhere, and you still find yourself guilty then. But do not miss it you can not: our own peril. In a traffic jam, I just listen to music and imagine that I am in the disco, which can dance only your toes.
All rules are created here so that people do not make it easier and more difficult: if they are likely to break the rules, and the state will receive revenue. On roads where the maximum speed should be 100 km / h, they put the 80. But you violate them can not: penalties here are huge, and the police harsh, so it is better to be diligent driver. After years of driving I do understand one thing: go cheaper by public transport. "
Donovan Nufabl, gerontologist
"movement in Turkey and especially in Istanbul reminds sea and maneuvering ships in it. Therefore appeal to the drivers and the captains of the ships in Turkish the same - "captan".
Pedestrians run across the street crowds in the wrong places on the principle of "all ran - I ran." Tourists need to be careful on the Zebra: they are drawn to beauty. Until now, sometimes I'm on a traffic light and waiting for green light, while the rest are running between the cars. Horns are used for the prevention of, and to talk - it's a real language of communication drivers. In Turkey, like signaled with or without, but on the street with one lane when the car stops to someone to drop or pick up dozens of cars behind will wait patiently, without zooming.
However, if the movement is blocked by one of its participants unreasonably - will signal all at once, and even send a curse actively waving a hand through the driver's window. "
Vasilisa Drebushkova, translator, tour guide
Tel Aviv, Israel
"In Tel Aviv, there are no traffic jams in Moscow, but there is a long queue of traffic lights, leaving behind the next intersection. Most often traffic jams formed as follows: right on the roadway from two lanes, one of which along the parked cars, truck stops, jumps out of his work, standing behind the flashy motorists "Ragan! Duck! "Which means," Wait a minute! ", And begins to unload that lasts an average of three minutes or five.
Mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles, which are in the city very much, because of dry season roads here lasts about 11 months of the year, tour the truck, but the car forced to meekly stand or climb on the opposite lane, forming a plug on both sides. Just (stopping in the middle of the road) themselves are sometimes the taxi drivers about something arguing with outgoing passengers or knocking them a check.
To have a car in Tel Aviv is very difficult due to the parking problems: to find a free place at the center of the city impossible. We have to bet on pay, which should usually from 100 rubles per hour (after the first and second have less, but still unpleasant). Therefore, most machines are those who live in the inner suburbs, satellite towns, or just on the outskirts. And the residents of downtown choosing two-wheeled transport - I myself dissect a moped and I think that is much easier and cheaper to take a taxi or on the occasion of a car than to keep the car, to fill his doroguschy gasoline and daily spread RUB 500 per parking space. By the way, be careful: the Israelis are often overlooked include turn signals! Especially if they feel that "there is no one behind", although this is not always the case. If, God forbid, you have an accident, fall from a bicycle or motorcycle, enter one of the most important concepts for Israelis - on mutual assistance. By no one will take place: someone calls for an ambulance, someone he would have first aid, and some moral support. "
Leah Geldman, journalist, editor
"Hardly mess of trucks, small cars, buses, motorcycles and elephants walking along the roads of Thailand, it is possible to discern some regularity and especially etiquette. However, some rules are still there. For example, if you are going to go straight at the intersection, turn on emergency gang, so to denote the trajectory of motion. If you miss someone when changing lanes or exit the main road - Gudni. Buzz you need and near the temples of the Gods Road. Religion and regulations here are generally pretty tightly intertwined, any traffic you can buy for 20 baht a garland of jasmine flowers, which can be hung on the mirror for luck. "
Janis Dzenis, PR-manager of Tourism search engine
"In Budapest, if you stand more than five minutes at a traffic light, local already moaning: cork! During rush hour, you can lose a maximum of 20-25 minutes. Is that the entrances to Budapest somewhere between 7 and 9 am are for many kilometers: from all the villages go to work on the two-lane road. This can be compared to Rublevo Assumption highway, but without vulgarity - despicable flashers and nervous drivers. Everything is absolutely calm. Vengry- most polite nation, what I've seen. They are always ready to give. Therefore, the road was not nervous: you account for the universal friendliness is very mobile: it is necessary to be reconstructed, if you do it in advance and carefully, you will miss absolutely always.
The only problem taxi drivers - they drive badly. Both in Moscow and in Budapest, I try to be polite and calm. Here it turns out without problems. Even pedestrians obtained without nerves. I myself am a pedestrian and the car itself superior being does not feel. With them, I first of all guided by the principle of security. Sometimes, if there is a choice and a pedestrian has not stepped on a zebra, it is safer not to slow down: it is impossible for nothing to test the strength of the driver's attention from behind. In all other cases, of course, miss. If there happens to jam, then I begin to feverishly to browse the map to understand how agile drive. I will never break the rules in the city and on motorways, country roads but am more creative. Although the penalty has never paid. Then do a little police, probably due to the fact that all lead decent, and the cameras "are in problem areas.
Alexey Zelensky, composer
"In the morning, in Milan full of cars, and I hate to sit for so long, so I often have to shout on the brakes drivers to overtake them and do break the rules. Although most drivers are behaving like the noble girls, like me, are not so frequent. There are those who often zooms in traffic, they enrage me most. But due to the fact that I did break the rules, even without a car, I am more loyal to pedestrians, always miss them, even if it should not. In Milan, heavy fines, but too few police, which could detect my tricks. For cameras that control movement, we have our own internal signals to another driver to understand what is to reduce speed. If I fall on some violation, then the course is my acting talent and I quickly let go. "
Ermanno Audzhelli student
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Dubai - a city drivers, not pedestrians. Without a car it is difficult. In the city there is no public transport system, to which we are accustomed to, for example, in Moscow. Before the opening of the subway in 2009 there were only buses and taxis. It should be noted that the Dubai authorities are actively developing public transport, paving the tram tracks, running the monorail train, organizing new bus routes.
Vehicles in Dubai - more than a means of transportation, is an indicator of status, almost like an expensive bag. If you drive a Jeep Wrangler, then most, all you love spending time in the desert, driving on the dunes. If you are driving a Ford Mustang, most likely you are young, like speed and impress. If you meet on the road Pink Hammer with rhinestones or covered with shiny purple foil Chevrolet Camaro, then rest assured, there is not blond and brutal Arab handsome, likely born in Dubai. Particularly enjoyed the local motorist delivers possession of expensive number. Interesting numbers, such as D 7373, will cost as much as a small car. They are sold at a special auction, the money sent to charities. And the shorter the number, the steeper the owner. No. 1 and white Gelandewagen owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, the motorcade of two cars which can be easily placed anywhere in the city.
In general, drivers polite with each other. Even if you have to necessarily be in the rush hour before the first traffic light and you are breaking all the rules, brazenly climbs ahead, you are likely to be allowed, they say, please, drive, "if you hurry even more than I do." According to the Dubai traffic rules, the police noticed that the car is dangerous reconstructed from a number abreast, cuts and insolent in every possible way on the road, prescribes a penalty of $ 150, not even stopping a cab and simply recording the number of his car. Fines are very high, it is all "bracing": for speeding withdraw 200 dollars and above. Travel on the side of the road on which have the right to move only the police and an ambulance, will cost $ 300. So the SDA enjoyed great respect and attention of motorists. Scorcher on the road as possible, but expensive.
Separate conversation about driving on the extreme left (high-speed) number. If you hurry, or simply decided to ride with the wind on the central city highway Sheikh Zayed Road, with a maximum permitted speed of 100 km / h, then rest assured that in a few seconds on your tail sits some racer and start you push nervously winking High-Beam. They are usually pass, but if a bad mood, or himself much in a hurry, then you can resist. In this case, you are likely to aggressively overtaking on the right. " Olga Kirichenko, guide
"I live in a small town, but I often go to the cities, and stands just across the border, you find yourself in another world. We though there are sometimes rude drivers, the vast majority behave decently. In large cities, the situation is quite different: the number of aggressive motorists is growing exponentially, and with it an increasing number of police officers. But personally, I always try to be polite and follow all the rules, especially since the child was in my life. Then I stopped talking on the phone while driving, and became attentive to the machines, riding nearby. The radio is always talk about the accident that occurred in the city, and I'll tell them enough to become more cautious.
I mentally divide into three types of motorists. The drivers of the old school, who remember the old days when evade the penalty was much easier - they exceed the speed limit, but a little, just to feel naughty taste of freedom. There are righteous, never calling for the current limit. And there are some crazy drivers who seem to even know the rules are not. But lately these three standard types to add one more - conservationists. Now even in my small town one in ten buys a hybrid car. Incidentally, they are not as noisy as electric, though more expensive. But the government has encouraged such purchases: in the end of the year, it will pay a certain amount if you continue to ride a hybrid car. "
Eypris Thomas, housewife
"Pedestrians and cyclists - the most power being on the road in Belgium: there is no such rule that might violate the first, but just touching the second, you risk going to jail. And cyclists there are so many, so rarely seen turretless driver: all go gently, as if expecting that just about out of the corner emerges another student on the bike. The maximum that I can afford - it is accelerating on the motorway at 15-20 km / h more than it should be, but if you need a life Caution: The police here do not pray. At least I know of no case where someone managed to wriggle out of the penalty. We can not be rude on the road: it is, so to speak, one of the rules. Although we can not say that polite here solely because of the huge fines distsipliniruyusche everywhere spaced discreet cameras and vigilant police. With this we have long since learned to fight: we have special programs on radio and websites dedicated to the locations of both. This information is sent the drivers themselves, though I never once did. Previously, we still have warned each other of the police with the help of a double main beam flash, but control services found out about it and now for such antics can get a considerable fine.
Somehow it happens that many of our internal rules, which are never fixed (but known to all drivers), through the years become valid and enshrined in legislation. For example, there was a rule of lightning when two lanes become one, the machine should be left as it were, to button in the right line. We had an internal rule that every machine on the right must give way to the car on the left. And it really put into law and became mandatory for all drivers "in March this year.
Claes Michiel student