Crossing the Streets
One reason why we travel is our eagerness to meet new people and new culture. Thousands of miles from our homeland, we all look for new ways of life, new ways of looking at life. If not for that, traveling wouldn’t be as appealing as it is. In countries like Iran such appeal is double. perhaps, because they don’t know much about Iran and perhaps because what they know is not what they see in the country. Iran is an ancient country with 2500 years of history, not counting the prehistoric era. However, here we are not talking about history, or art and architecture. We want to present a pieace of culture that many travelers find scary, interesting and even exciting. It might be hard to believe, but crossing the roads and streets in Iran is an experience many pay attention to. Some find it scary, some funny, and some exciting.
Traffic rules in Iran seem to be some sort of general guidelines, especially when you are in the downtown. Iran cities downtown are usually crowded with narrow street. Since the traffic is tense in bigger cities, many use bikes and bicycles. Here is how it is. some street don’t have a pedestrian light and you just have to cross the street. The scary thing is that unlike many country that cars and bikes stop in a safe distance and wait for the pedestrians to pass, in Iran they just move. As a result, you have to pay complete attention to all moving vehicles that are approaching and sometimes even dodge them. Thus, if you want to cross the street, whether it’s a crosswalk or elsewhere, you need to just start walking and pray that the cars will stop. If you’re going to wait till cars stop you might as well be waiting until next year, as they’ll never stop before you’re actually halfway through. Your best bet is to maintain eye contact and look like you know what you’re doing.
Driving in the Streets
Renting a car and driving through the country is not popular in the country. Although there are Europe Car branches in different cities, it is not very usual for tourists to rent car. Some enter the country with their own car, however, that is not very usual as well. It is actually very fortunate that there aren’t many driving in Iran. Driving can be overwhelming for foreigners who are not familiar with Iranian style of driving. As it was mentioned, the bigger cities are usually crowded and have traffic. No word we say here can explain the style of driving in Iran. I will just mention that you have to be familiar with Formula One driving to survive the Iranian driving. You might get a heart attack in a taxi, as Iranian drivers look crazy to many. So don’t even attempt to drive yourself, even if your new friends offer. It is a risk you don’t want to take.