Road rules for a safe drive on Crete
Many people ask: Is it dangerous to drive on Crete?
No, it is not dangerous ! I can answer! If you don’t drink and drive, if you don’t be in a rush, if you understand the Greek road culture is easy and safe!!!
- Try to avoid night driving; drink-driving laws are barely enforced so roads are dangerous.
- Road surfaces change unexpectedly when a section of road has succumbed to subsidence or weathering.
- In the mountains, expect to stop for herds of sheep or goats on the road.
- Some falling rock zones are not signposted, or hemmed with tarps; keep eyes open for loose rocks on the road. (rare but happens)
- Seat belts must be worn in front seats, and in back seats if the car is fitted with them.Is compulsory!
- Children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the front seat.
- A blood-alcohol content of over 0.05% can incur a fine and over 0.08% is a criminal offence.
- If you are involved in an accident and no one is hurt, the police will not be required to write a report, but it is advisable to go to a nearby police station and explain what happened. You may need a police report for insurance purposes. If an accident involves injury, a driver who does not stop and does not inform the police may face a prison sentence.
In the populated areas fuel is generally widely available in Crete, but stations are quite rare in the mountain regions, so top up before setting out on a major road trip. Some service stations are closed on Sunday and public holidays.
Always be alert and never assume that other drivers are going to do the right thing. Many people don’t use their indicators when they should or make sudden stops without warning. Just constantly be on the look-out
Self-service pumps and credit-card pumps are not the norm. Some out-of-the-way stations don’t take plastic at all, so it is always advisable to carry some cash.
Pay close attention to pedestrians walking in the street. Sidewalks are sometimes hard to come by and they have no other options but to be in the roads.
Cars will often flash their lights at you from behind to signal that they would like to overtake. Pay attention to this and allow them to pass you by.
Always remember that the Greek roads are narrow,most of the time are single lane on each direction, and without barriers in between
-There are a lot of tourists like you and a lot of Greek people that are in a rush. For you is a holiday island, for them is the place they work and “run” to catch the termins. (That can be a plane to catch.. or a boat). So slow down, let them overtake and enjoy the ride. For you the most important is to come back safe and not on time!
-Wear your seat belt or helmet on a motorcycle
-We also strongly advise that you never drink and drive because if you do have an accident under the influence of alcohol, your insurance is invalidated.
-On the National Highway the maximum speed limit is 80 km/hour, unless other signs indicate otherwise. Radar and hidden cameras are positioned along the highway, so be careful. The speed limit on secondary roads is 50km/hour or whatever is indicated by the signs.
Have a safe drive on Crete!