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"Driving and Taxis" Driving Tip by Frady007

Driving, Jordan: 18 reviews and 17 photos

I had a rental car my entire stay in Jordan. I found the lack of proper lane usage quite fun but it may bother others. The drive to and from work everyday was akin to a Supercross event in cars. For those not familiar, everyone at a stoplight hits the gas when it turns green and jockeys for position to get up to front at the next light. I honestly saw far fewer accidents than in the DC Metro area during my stay and I was on the road for at least 2 hours each day. If you're there during the rainy season don't forget that rain and fine dust makes for conditions about as bad as ice and many cars run on near bald tires. Just remember to pay attention and a majority of the people around you will as well, minus the taxi drivers of course. Have fun with it, people don't even turn to look if you go by them sideways in your car.

As for taxis, you'll get the cheapest prices if you walk away from the front of your hotel to the nearest main road and flag them down for yourself. The guys that hang around the hotels tend to have "broken meters" or claim to be "hotel taxis" that go by different rules. The ones running the streets will usually use their meters. Don't forget to check and remember that at night none of them are using meters. Ask someone that works in the hotel what it should cost to make it to your destination and try your best to get that price from the driver, though you probably should expect to pay a little more. Like everywhere else in the country be firm about your price and don't be scared to just walk away. If you feel that a taxi driver is trying to give you the shaft and you're at a hotel then get the security staff involved. Clouded minds tend to clear up really quick then.

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  • Written Jan 23, 2006
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