- Watch out for the questionable driving manoeuvres of the local Tinerfeños, who definitely rule the roads of the island. It’s common for drivers to stop dead and chat to their mates in the middle of the road and rocket around the hillsides glued to mobile phones, so leave yourself plenty of braking distance at all times.
- If you’re driving to Mount Teide or heading out to explore the highlands, be prepared for some brutal hairpin bends complete with stomach-dropping views. Do not attempt to overtake in these hills, even if you are stuck behind a banana truck moving slower than a snail. Stay safe by switching into second gear, turning up the music and soaking up the sights. After all, you’re on holiday!
- Driving etiquette in Tenerife is a little quirky, so look out for the following signs. If you’re behind a car that suddenly indicates to left turn when there is no left turn, this means that the driver is about to stop, probably to let someone cross the road or let another car pull out. Similarly, while us Brits thank fellow drivers with a quick flash of the headlights, Tinerfeños toot the horn instead.
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