The contrasts of Egypt: driving and Ramadan by Xavi and Bet


Have you ever wondered how it should be discover egypt driving the car yourself and over during Ramadan? Well Elisabet and Xavier, readers of Logbook, they launched into adventure and tell us their experiences:

Egypt is a country of contrasts: desert landscapes, turquoise beaches, the bustle of Cairo, the tranquility of the oases ...

Isabel entered us and thanks to her publications we decided to make a similar trip: for free, but renting a car.

Many people wanted to get us out of the head of the idea of ​​driving there and they told us that we would have many permit problems, but the truth is that nothing at all. Just have the international driving license and always carry the license of the rented car.

Traveling in this way gives you much more freedom, you do not depend on bus or train schedules, if the taxi driver will be at the time you stayed or if you have forgotten, to haggle for any displacement ... The only thing you have to take into account are Some tips to drive there.

Like the same country, it is an experience. Who does not like the rules, is a dream come true. Driving is not based on the rules, but on the customs that the drivers themselves have acquired. Here are some of these customs:

1. The bravest is who passes in front.
2. Neither the painted nor the luminous signs have any validity. There are no lanes, skip the traffic lights, park where they want ...
3. Although the road has two lanes, a car comes in the opposite direction and you want to go ahead, you just have to make a gust of lights to warn the car that comes from the front so that it separates a little, and so the three cars pass quietly.
4. It can be advanced on both sides.
5. To signal an overtaking, the turn signals are not used, a horn is given.
6. In the area of ​​the white desert, to know that the driver of the car that comes from the front is awake, bursts of lights are made just at the moment of seeing it, the other will answer them and with a cordial tone of farewell, when you are about to cross the bursts are repeated. In most of the country, gusts are a sign of greeting and / or farewell.
7. When the sun goes down and the black night enters, the cars circulate with the short lights. When a car is approaching, the position ones are automatically placed so as not to dazzle. In illuminated populations it circulates with those of position, but anyway there are many that circulate without lights because they have them fused.
8. When drawing curves, you cannot close the curve. The route has to be open because there are almost always people walking on the road, or goats or donkey carts on the same lane as yours but in the opposite direction.
9. There are no overpasses for pedestrians to cross the road, so the driver has to be alert and stop if he does not want to take anyone (people, goats ...) ahead. In case of abuse, the fault will be the driver.
10. To make your way through the circulatory chaos (especially in cities) the horn is used. However, in some tourist areas or near hospitals it is prohibited.
11. You have to be fully attentive to the road, since neither the highlights (which are everywhere), nor the deterioration, nor the holes, are marked. In addition, you can find packages that other drivers have lost from their luggage ...
12. Prohibition signs are scarce, so be careful not to drive in the opposite direction. But if you do it about 100 or 200 m to reach your destination and it is the shortest way, nothing happens.
13. As you can see those who dare to drive through egypt, not being traffic rules but customs, these may vary slightly depending on the area of ​​the country (desert, coast, cities, towns ...).