By Dionne Hosters
When in Turkey….
Lately I have been to Turkey for the second time, but I did not really remember the way people behave in traffic there. I guess in Turkey anything is possible and allowed. In most countries I have visited there are numbers either on the road or on signs, they usually tell you the maximum speed at that specific road, but in Turkey I guess it means you have to double that number. For example when the number says 70, you should drive 140 km per hour. This would be the minimum speed, you must be allowed to drive 160 km per hour maximum over there
Eventhough the people in this country drive on the right side of the road, they are allowed to pass other vehicles on either the right or the left side, in most countries I know you are only allowed to pass another vehicle on one side of the road, which in most cases is the left side of the vehicle.
When waiting at a traffic light people do not seem to be too patient, in Turkey the lights first turn orange and then green, but at the time it is orange it seems to be that you have to have you car going already before the light even turned green, otherwise people start to make you notice you are not quick enough.
I also think that the lines on the road do not really have a meaning because at traffic lights the vehicles pass the line that usually is the line you have to wait behind. Also the lines in the middle of the road usually have meanings, because when you have one straight line it usually means that you cannot pass it, but in Turkey you are allowed to pass it anyways.
But the most interesting thing that is allowed in Turkey is that people are allowed to stand on the back of the vehicle while driving, I have been sitting in a Jeep and one man was allowed to stand (not wearing any form of safety) on the back of the Jeep (outside of the Jeep), even when the speed was at about 80 km per hour.
As you hopefully understood this whole blog is full with sarcasm, but it is a real life story. The funny thing is (but I think this happens in every country) when you see there are cops around people tend to stick to the rules.
In the end I will say that I am really happy that I did not drive the car in Turkey because it seems all people are in a rush and when you stick to the rules people seem to think you are disturbing.