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Old Feb 3rd 2009, 9:39 pm
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Hello to all, long time no 'speak'

me and Mr. FB are starting to wonder, and i am not joking, if spain may have 'different driving rules'? we just dont get it

on a daily basis, in a roundabout near our house, cars pull out in front of us and nearly hit us, while we are IN the roundabout (as in going round it if that makes any sense lol)
and when we beep the horn THEY get angry
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why doesnt anyone indicate when approaching a roundabout? then you end up waiting for nothing....? (i asked someone here and they said you are not supposed to indicate when approaching a roundabout or in a roundabout...? huh?).

i am a nervous wreck in the car here!!!!

just wondering if its me, them or what!!!!

byeee for now....!
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Old Feb 3rd 2009, 10:43 pm
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Originally Posted by featherbum View Post
Hello to all, long time no 'speak'

me and Mr. FB are starting to wonder, and i am not joking, if spain may have 'different driving rules'? we just dont get it

on a daily basis, in a roundabout near our house, cars pull out in front of us and nearly hit us, while we are IN the roundabout (as in going round it if that makes any sense lol)
and when we beep the horn THEY get angry
also
why doesnt anyone indicate when approaching a roundabout? then you end up waiting for nothing....? (i asked someone here and they said you are not supposed to indicate when approaching a roundabout or in a roundabout...? huh?).

i am a nervous wreck in the car here!!!!

just wondering if its me, them or what!!!!

byeee for now....!
Dont say that
I am driving for the first time in two weeks time very aprehensive but needs must taxis getting too expensive and work cut expensive oh dear
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Old Feb 3rd 2009, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by featherbum View Post
Hello to all, long time no 'speak'

me and Mr. FB are starting to wonder, and i am not joking, if spain may have 'different driving rules'? we just dont get it

on a daily basis, in a roundabout near our house, cars pull out in front of us and nearly hit us, while we are IN the roundabout (as in going round it if that makes any sense lol)
and when we beep the horn THEY get angry
also
why doesnt anyone indicate when approaching a roundabout? then you end up waiting for nothing....? (i asked someone here and they said you are not supposed to indicate when approaching a roundabout or in a roundabout...? huh?).

i am a nervous wreck in the car here!!!!

just wondering if its me, them or what!!!!

byeee for now....!


Ha Ha featherbum you made me laugh, never a truer word has been spoken, the only people that indicate at a roundabout are the Brits
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Old Feb 4th 2009, 7:42 am
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Hello to all, long time no 'speak'

me and Mr. FB are starting to wonder, and i am not joking, if spain may have 'different driving rules'? we just dont get it

on a daily basis, in a roundabout near our house, cars pull out in front of us and nearly hit us, while we are IN the roundabout (as in going round it if that makes any sense lol)
and when we beep the horn THEY get angry
also
why doesnt anyone indicate when approaching a roundabout? then you end up waiting for nothing....? (i asked someone here and they said you are not supposed to indicate when approaching a roundabout or in a roundabout...? huh?).

i am a nervous wreck in the car here!!!!

just wondering if its me, them or what!!!!

byeee for now....!
They changed the rules on roundabouts to people on the roundabout have right of way, but most don`t realize and use the old way. ;-))
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Originally Posted by jdr View Post
They changed the rules on roundabouts to people on the roundabout have right of way, but most don`t realize and use the old way. ;-))
In France, contrary to the usual priority to the right rule, it's priority to the left for roundabouts, i.e. the one already on the roundabout has priority.
Not many French drivers indicate their intentions, either. I don't think they're taught to at Driving School...
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There doesn´t appear to be any rule regarding roundabouts, or for any kind of driving, at least in my area anyway. I won´t drive here in Spain because I´m terrified. It´s bad enough trying to get across a pedestrian crossing.
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the rule around here seems to be that it's the place to stop for a chat
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glad i provided you guys with some amusement

i moved to england shortly after passing my test so all my driving experience has been in the uk...! and all i can say is that, these ppl are a bunch of maniacs!


oh and how about.... ppl who, on a 3 lane rd use the right lane to then turn left and viceversa- then go nuts at you for 'getting on their way'?
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Originally Posted by lynnxa View Post
the rule around here seems to be that it's the place to stop for a chat
you mean in the pedestrian crossing? cause i have seen that here too!
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Ha Ha featherbum you made me laugh, never a truer word has been spoken, the only people that indicate at a roundabout are the Brits
Wrong, sorry. Spaniards (some of) do... it's just not usually (a) the required direction (b) soon enough (c) cancelled afterwards

Originally Posted by lynnxa View Post
the rule around here seems to be that it's the place to stop for a chat
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you mean in the pedestrian crossing? cause i have seen that here too!

Come on girls get real.... anywhere, roundabout, pedestrian crossing, narrow pueblito road, blind bend, is the place to stop for a chat whether car, lorry, motorbike, pushbike, teen mum with buggy, .. . . .

Talking about moments, driving back from airport Thurs after dark, outside lane, hammering it in good Malaguena fashion, two legs swing from central reservation crash barrier
it was a couple deciding to cross the A7 in the most life-threatening way known to man. Just wondered afterwards if they were even aware how near they were to disaster?

AND has anyone else noticed that the one rule of the road they all seem to abide by is STOP. Junction clear, no vehicles within sight. STOP. Yes I know that's what you should do, but really!!!!
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you mean in the pedestrian crossing? cause i have seen that here too!
No, that's the place to park...
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No, that's the place to park...
ok so its not just in san sebastian then

actually the other day we saw a car CLAMPED on the zebra crossing
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Driving into La Nucia a couple of days ago, the road at one point - on a country road - splits into three lanes the inside lane leading to a turning to factory or something. We went into that third lane as we turned the corner - stroke of luck as a car came towards us ON OUR SIDE OF THE ROAD had we not gone into the inside lane I would not be typing this
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Originally Posted by featherbum View Post
you mean in the pedestrian crossing? cause i have seen that here too!
yes! there too

and outside the cafe when they see their friends at a table............

edit - note to self - read whole thread before replying!
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Hola
The highway code in UK states that you indicate when you are exiting a roundabout.
However:
In Spain you must drive in the middle of the road on country lanes, this helps you to swerve left or right much easier. Also you must drive with fag in hand, arm out of window, getting the breeze. Stop anywhere and only double park, never use a space.
On motorways you must see how close you can get to the car on front, without actually touching it. On roads where there are works taking place you must drive at least double the advised limits then slam on your brakes to go over the rumble strips! Apparently.
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