Automobiles Have The Right Of Way

One thing that I had to get used to Istanbul is that fact that cars are king and that if you are a pedestrian, you better get the hell out of the way or get honked at, or maybe hit (does this happen often, or do people mostly try to scare you?). This is totally alien to my California mindset that dictates and enforces the policy that pedestrians have the right of way.

That said, I can imagine that it would be very hard to drive in Istanbul. Being from LA, I consider myself to be a good driver, and I would not even venture onto the street here. I did it in Konya maybe a week before getting here and that was hectic, to say the least. I am guessing that it pales in comparison to a place like Istanbul.

2 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    Actually, driving in Istanbul is not as bad as it looks. I’ve done it often. It’s kind of hard to explain until you try it, but bad stuff doesn’t happen even though it sure looks like it would.


  2. Meral (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    I agree with John: Before I start driving, to be able to drive in İstanbul seemed like a miracle to me! I refused to learn how to drive, and on of the reasons (though not the main) was İstanbul’s traffic. Then all of a sudden I decided to learn how to drive, after a week pratice I was on the roads…so based on my experiences I can say, driving in İstanbul is not as bad as it seems, not as dangerous as it seems. Probably because everyone is on alert.



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