"Good driving and parking skills a must!!!" Thessaloniki Warnings Or Dangers Tip by DrexelDragon
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Parking - Sidewalks here aren't meant for pedestrians solely. They also double as parking lots. Since it hasn't occurred to anyone, or perhaps that the Greek Municipalities won't approve above/below ground multi-story parking garages, then the sidewalks get parked on. It causes great distraction, hazards, and worsens congestion throughout the city. Wherever you can find a place to park where you can get in and most likely be able to get the car out again is fair game. It's possible that you could get blocked in. Be sure you can parallel park, and do so within a small area (meaning narrow streets). This is all the more worsened by the fact that certain residents feel that they can block off certain curbs that they feel entitled to with cones or pallets. When you do finally park, if you're parked on a narrow street, make sure you fold in your side mirror.
Driving - I'm sorry, but Greeks have to be the worst drivers in Europe. They routinely can not keep their car within a lane...WHEN there are even lines painted on the road, which is probably the cause of their problem. They can not judge distance. They need to pull about 3/4 of the way out into the first lane to tell if they're then going to be able to cross the second lane. Directional lights are optional. If you want to make a left turn, then it's apparently okay to drive around the 5-10 cars waiting in the left turn lane and jump ahead by sitting out in the intersection at the red light. Speed limit is posted, but could be better utilized as billboard space. OH, and the best thing...you have some kind of responsibility for drivers behind you. Instead of pulling around you, it's okay to flash headlights and expect people to move over...brake pads must be expensive.
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