….Try Routine, It’s Lethal
Back on the road, with a good nights rest, we were heading to a destination we had been before. The place was called Tarragona and last time we had came here we had met a nice man called CARLOS, and a friend he was with called ANNA. The hotel at Cullera was nice and the rooms were suitable and convenient, and the beach that was only a few hundred metres down the street was large and a golden coulor. However, last time it was winter and because it was cold and windy, we decided it wasn’t sun bathing weather!
A lot of driving through the mountains and plains again today once we had left the urbanisation of Cullera. There were still orchards and groves, infact bigger, more impressive ordered farm lands and also now industrial areas appearing, cooling towers and what appears to be clay works or ceramic factories. Apparently most of the floor tiles and bathroom tiles we get in the UK are manufactured over here in Spain.
The ocean is accompanying us now over in the distance on the right hand side, the built up areas of the coastal town of Penascolla can be seen across the flat lands. We are heading for Tarragona today during are planning on camping for two or three nights, apparently beachside. This would be amazing, but the forecast says rain!
We noted the styles of driving on the road today, from experience, we have played this game before…………….enjoy !!
NOTES ON DRIVING STYLE
TENERIFE driving styles.
First thing to remember, when on a motorway, if you want to turn off on a slip road, it’s essential to overtake the car infront first then cut across three lanes infront of the car, as close as possible and then join the slip road.
Note the lack of horn blowing at this dangerous manoeuvre, as it is common practise.
When approaching pedestrian crossings do not be too close behind a Canarian car.
IT WILL STOP!
This is the exact opposite of what you might be used to ( especially if, as we do, you live in Turkey where pedestrians are used as cannon fodder.
There are give way lines half way round roundabouts, which mean you give way half way round a roundabout and on slip roads (!!) onto the motorway: ( there is only one motorway! )
After you turn off in a slip road, there will be a pedestrian crossing, and Canarian cars WILL stop ( see notes above!)
The Tenerifians won’t build a slip road off in a straight line if they CAN put a hairpin bend into it, they will, and coach drivers in Tenerife will get a bus around these bends in one go. Quite awesome to watch.
SPANISH driving styles.
The Spanish appear to have beaten Google with the development of driverless cars, the Spanish smoke, windows are closed and no occupants can be seen inside.
Spanish cars do not come with indicators.
They make a mean paella!
FRENCH driving styles.
The French have mastered the art of ” hands free ” driving. They are visible in the car as often the windows are down, so the Frenchman or women can clearly be seen smoking with one hand, whilst holding the mobile phone between ear and shoulder and gesticulating wildly with the other hand, ( and on occasion with the hand also holding the gauloise ) thus obviously steering with ones knees. This is important because two handed gesticulation is an essential part of French conversation and breeding.
ITALIAN driving styles.
The Italians crash!
Wherever you go in Italy the Italian cars will have at least 50 dents, each!
Italian drivers do not respect traffic police, they speed past them, hoot and shake their fists, even when the police car is travelling at the maximum legal speed.
GERMAN driving styles.
German drivers follow the rules and take instruction. If, for example you we re in a building and want to go to the next floor, if you say to a German “take the stairs” they will dismantle them.
Similarly if a German is on the road infront of you, he WILL be driving at the legal limit, no more, no less.
He WILL indicate both out and in as he overtakes or changes lanes.
He WILL wear his seatbelt at all appropriate times.
He WILL hold the steering wheel in the correct position with hands at “ten to two”.
German drivers are boring, they lack style, verve and panache – a bit like a Hungarian goulash, without chorizo in it – These drivers need a dash of the Italians ” va va voom “.
SWISS driving styles.
The Swiss drivers, like their Italian cousins, like to crash. Especially when there is no skiing or equally no tunnel building to be done. One could say it’s a relatively favourite pastime, after fondues.
The Swiss like to look sophisticated and to look at their mountains, as they drive. The government found the best way was to hide the mountains, so they built tunnels through them in order to prevent their kins folk staring at them as they drove. This was an attempt to curtail the number of crashes the locals were having whilst staring at their mountains. It didn’t work. Unfortunately the tunnels are comparatively no go areas, as they are invariably blocked by crashes.