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Driving In kefalonia

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Driving in Kefalonia might seem a daunting prospect at first. However, provided you take appropriate care your trips will be safe and result in enormous pleasure and indeed is the only true way to appreciate all the islands natural beauty and splendor.
Away from the main island roads the situation changes radically and the roads become narrow and can have blind bends. If you want to reach the most remote areas, then you may find some of your trip may include roads with long gravel stretches. This is also common in the mountainous areas, where new dirt roads are the norm and where road warning and direction signs may not be present. It is important not to attempt a mountain crossing if you do not have detailed and recent instructions from the locals. Some mountain roads are only suitable for 4WD vehicles.
Narrow winding roads can often mean that journey times are rather longer than might be expected from distances calculated from a map. Kefalonia is a mountainous island and driving can yield spectacular views but traveling on it's winding roads can also be a cause of motion sickness. If you are traveling with small children make frequent stops and allow extra time to get to your destination.

Some Rules- Unofficial Tips

Driving in Greece is on the right, the same as most of Europe but not the UK !. Vehicles coming from the right have the right of way unless otherwise posted. This means that cars entering a traffic circle go first, drivers already in the circle must yield.
If there is little room to pass on the road, fast drivers expect slow drivers to pull onto the hard shoulder in order to let them by
Traffic signs throughout Greece are generally in Greek and English, and Greece uses internationally recognized traffic control and stop signs.
Parking is permitted along most city streets, but vacant places may be difficult to find.
Use of a vehicle's horn in towns is allowed only in cases of immediate and extreme danger.
Speed limits in Kefalonia are as follows: 50 km per hour (30 mph) in built-up areas and 90 kms per hour (56 mph) on the highway. There are road signs informing you about the speed limits, which vary from one area to another, even without any obvious or logical reason .
Alcohol limit is 0,50 mg. Do not expect to be let off a traffic offence just because you are a tourist.
Fuel. Many gas stations close at 7pm but stations on the highway close much later usually. Ask the locals for information.
Some stations accept credit cards. Lead-free is everywhere. Regular unleaded petrol has an octane rating of 91 or 92; the octane rating of super is 96 or 98. Unleaded super petrol has an octane rating of 95.
A gas station's staff will fill your vehicle

Hints for safe driving in Kefalonia

While you drive in a town, pay particular attention to mopeds. Moped riders tend to overtake on the right instead of the left as they should. Even if you leave enough space for them to pass from the left, they are so addicted to passing from the right, that they will do anything to achieve their preferred mode of overtaking!
If you notice in your mirror an approaching car flashing its lights at you, the driver is usually asking you to move to your right to allow him to overtake.
Drive extra carefully on Saturday nights! The reality is that too many people will be out, drinking more than they should when driving, and will drive dangerously as a result.
While you drive in a town, be aware of pedestrians walking in the street. Often the sidewalks are narrow or non-existent and people cannot avoid walking in the street.
A few Greek drivers forget to use their indicators to signal an intention to make a turn. Try and develop a sixth sense to predict what they may be about to do in the absence of an indication. Expect the unexpected!
The quality of asphalt road surfaces is not always good as road surfaces are affected by a number of factors including floods and rock falls in winter, and extreme heat in summer. Pot holes and loose gravel surfaces are very common as a result. This makes some roads particularly hazardous for motorcyclists.
Goats are everywhere in Kefalonia and they like to feed next to the road. It is not uncommon to see a few of them walking in the road, even around a main highway.
If you visit Kefalonia in the winter, then pay extra attention if you drive on a very rainy day as rocks may have been dislodged and fallen onto the roads. A small pile of stones at the side of the road often indicates that the surface under the asphalt has been eroded at that point and should not be driven over.
Do not place absolute trust the white lines marking the lanes in the highway. Occasionally, a lane may end suddenly and without warning. It is commonplace to see drivers crossing double white lines.

Particular points for Motorcyclists:

It is common to see young tourists on motorbikes or mopeds dressed in shorts and tees or even their swimsuits without a helmet on. Add a few beers to this and you get a lethal combination.
The unpredictable condition of the road surface (pot holes, rock fall debris, etc) need extra attention. Though there is some fine motorcycling to be had in Kefalonia, you may well find you have to change your style of riding to stay safe. If you do not always expect the unexpected, you will soon have a wake up call.

Particular points for Pedestrians:

Visitors must beware of motorbike drivers when crossing streets as they often weave in and out of traffic lanes.
If there is no pavement you will have to walk in the street. Be very careful when you do so.

Roadside memorials.

A common sight in Kefalonia are the small metal or stone constructions at the sides of the roads, often in the form of a miniature church. These are memorials for people killed in a car accident and they are located at the exact spot where the accident occurred.
They are constructed by the family of the deceased and inside there is usually a photo together with some religious objects. The families visit them often, clean and maintain them and light the candles. They exist in all different kinds of shapes and materials used.
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