- Watch out for the “interesting” driving manoeuvres of the local tinerfeños, who quite often laugh in the face of the rules. They often stop dead to shoot the breeze with passing drivers, hurtle down hillsides glued to mobile phones and squeeze into itsy-bitsy parking spaces at all kinds of angles.
These are just the local ways, so you’ll need to work around them if you rent a car in Tenerife.
- Brace yourself for some hair-raising hairpin bends, especially if you’re driving to Mount Teide. The road is gorgeous but the turns can be a little terrifying, so be sure to concentrate at all times.
If you get stuck behind a puttering banana truck, DO NOT attempt to overtake in the hills. Instead, switch into second gear and enjoy the scenery. After all, you’re on holiday!
- Sunday is the most popular day for local outings and events, so you might be faced with all kinds of madness on the road. Expect some cheeky driving and stay calm if you find yourself in the middle of a Hell’s Angels’ meeting, a car rally or a cycling tour.
When it comes to Sundays, expect the unexpected - or at least embrace it.
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