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50. It is very problematic to travel in serpentine roads of Crete with children. The motion is likely to make them seek. In order to avoid troubles, tourists are recommended to make frequent stops along the route. Of course, in this case the ride to the place of destination will take a lot more time. Bracelets from motion sickness and special medications that help to deal with seasickness will also be of a great use.
51. There is nothing difficult in orientating on local roads, even though there may be no usual signs. Simply remember that when in motion cars that move closer to the right side have the advantage. This simple rule will help to solve all disputes and doubtful situations with ease.
52. Signs with dashed Roman numerals I and II on a blue background are rather unusual for many drivers. Installed along roads, these signs mean that parking on this side of the road is prohibited on odd or even days. Drivers should be very careful with these signs in order not to park a car on the wrong side.
53. When moving, drivers are prohibited to use sound signals without any emergency situation. It will be considered a violation. It is recommended to press the klaxon only in case of a serious danger.
54. On some parts of roads speed limits may vary for no apparent reason. This should be the first sign to drivers who do not want to get a fine for speeding. It is likely that traffic police is on duty nearby.
55. There are no self-service petrol stations in Crete. Driver simply needs to move to the specified place and inform a petrol station worker about the required type of petrol. It is also worth considering that the majority of gas stations accept payments only in cash. Credit cards will be handy in large cities only.
56. In case of an accident or a breakdown drivers should not rely on special «SOS» phones, which are located along roads in some countries. It is possible to call for help only by a cell phone: 112 – emergency help, 104 and 154 - travel companies, 100 - police, 174 – 24/7 assistance for foreign drivers.

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If you need a car with an automatic transmission, it is recommended to book it in advance. Cars with automatic transmissions are often sparse in Greece, so the rental confirmation may take a longer period.

When selecting a specific model for traveling throughout Greece, we recommend to take into consideration some practical apects. If you are going to drive mostly in the cities, then a car of a small size is preferable, while for long distance trips (and trips in the mountains) we recommend to choose a larger and more powerful car.

Prior your car retrun, please clean the salon from a garbage, and do not forget to take away all your belongings from the passenger compartment.

At the car return time, please ask the officer to make a visual inspection of the vehicle for defects and to sign the acceptance report. Keep the invoice and the acceptance report for next few months.

For a car rental options in Greece, we advise you to check actual offers in the orange search form at the top. We guarantee that you would not be able to find better rates anywhere else!
57. Car drivers should not forget to treat drivers of mopeds with greater attention. Local moped drivers have one very bad habit - they often overtake other vehicles on the right. Even if there is enough space for overtaking on the left, a moped driver will still do everything possible to overtake a car on the right.
58. If there is a car with blinking lights in the rearview mirror, it means that that car asks to give way. Possible options for a non-hurrying driver are to ride to the side of the road or to move to the extreme right lane.
59. According to statistics, the majority of drunk drivers are caught during the night from Saturday to Sunday. If possible, inexperienced drivers should refrain from driving at this time.
60. Many roads in the country, as well as roads in small towns have no sidewalks despite the fact that those roads are busy. Therefore, pedestrians have no choice but to go along a busy highway together with motorists. Of course, this significantly complicates traffic.
61. Not all drivers accompany their maneuvers with appropriate light signals. It is quite rare to see a driver who turns on a winker before making a turn to another road. Such maneuvers should be expected every minute.
62. In the countryside, livestock is an additional source of danger for drivers. It often grazes close to roads, so it can appear on the way very unexpectedly.
63. Crossing the median is also not uncommon here. Even in large cities and on busy highways the dividing line can end as suddenly as it began. That is another compelling argument in favor of violators of traffic regulations.
64. In many regions, road signs are installed very low or on special banners. It is possible to notice these road signs only if a car is moving at a low speed. Do not try to find signs, mounted on high poles, and large boards with information – there are almost no such signs on the roads of Greece.
65. Despite an unpredictable and aggressive nature of local drivers, there is nothing difficult in adapting to peculiarities of Greek roads. Every day, foreign drivers will feel more and more confident at the wheel, and their actions will become more resolute.
66. Cyclists are quite rare on local roads. Hot climate and fast traffic are the main reasons for that. However, pedestrians are far more dangerous for cyclists than motorists. They do not consider the two-wheeled transport risky, so they can easily get off to the road from the pavement at the most unexpected moment.
67. At crossroads, one can often see a situation when drivers of mopeds and motorcycles try to drive through a crowd of pedestrians. For pedestrians, these types of transport are much more dangerous than cars.
68. In some districts of Heraklion, Chania and other fairly large cities there are simply no pedestrian crossings. That is why people can start crossing a road at any place they want.
69. If in major cities, on motorways and highways road signs usually indicate information in two languages (Greek and English), there are only road signs in Greek on local roads.
70. When traveling on a winding mountain road, do not be afraid if a huge tourist bus suddenly appears, seems, out of nowhere. Such situations are not uncommon in Greece. If there is not enough space to pass each other, then you simply need to move backwards until you see a good place for a maneuver.
71. Despite the modest width of roads in the country, many local residents have cars of a pretty impressive size. The reason for this is that most of them grow vegetables and fruits for sale; many people who live in the country transport their livestock frequently from one place to another. Of course, it is easier to make that on large cars.
72. Drivers, who leave their cars parked in the wrong place, in narrow streets and close to crossroads, run the risk of discovering new scratches on their cars. Local motorists have stopped paying attention on such trifles long ago.
73. If it starts raining, drivers should slow down (even local drivers who are used to speeding do this). The beginning of rain is considered one of the toughest moments as roads become very slippery at this time.
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