"If you choose to drive in Paris..." Driving & Drivers Tip by Norali

Driving & Drivers, Paris: 54 reviews and 50 photos

  As for me, I chose to walk
by Norali

Be aware that Parisian drivers are crazy... bla bla bla... OK, I am not here to tell that. I've seen worse. lol

My concern is about pedestrians crossing everywhere, even when lights are red. I don't compare with a country like Madagascar where noone respects traffic lights (only 5-10% of drivers would). I rather compare with neighbouring Belgium. Drivers who are used to more disciplined pedestrians should be aware about local practices in Paris.

Parisians just cross the streets when they don't see any car coming whatever the lights are: be they red, orange or green. Of course, if one drives fast and passes the green lights without seeing the faultive pedestrians, that wouldn't be pleasant.

Wouldn't it better to have a stay without an accident in Paris? I would have suggested to drive slowly but if you do that, people would hoot at you. They are nervous too. It's a big city, really hectic... My solution is to use the very efficient public transportation and respect the lights. :)

Address: Paris

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 10, 2004
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