- In Crete’s towns and villages, it is forbidden to use your horn, except in cases of extreme and immediate danger. Save honking for the hillsides to avoid on-the-spot fines. In the mountains, locals toot their horns very liberally to warn other drivers of their speedy approach and shunt herds of sheep off the road, so don’t be ruffled by the racket.
- Paved roads are notoriously slippery in Crete, even when dry. The island is woefully behind with its resurfacing schedule and many road surfaces have been polished by use, making them practically grip-less. Stay firmly in control by allowing plenty of braking distance and taking corners slowly.
- Be strategic with your fuel stops. Many smaller gas stations shut up shop at 7pm, so put plenty in the tank to avoid getting caught short on your way home. Attendants will always be on hand to top up your fuel tank, so simply stay in your hire car and hand over your euros. To be polite, throw in a tip for good measure.
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