Most westerners will find driving Kyiv’s main thoroughfares relatively easy. The problems kick in when you #drive
anywhere outside these well-surfaced and signposted routes. The condition of most roads in #Ukraine
is basically wretched, especially after the winter thaw.
is the decrepit traffic lights. They are not all that #bright
, and sometimes it is difficult to tell which light is actually lit and which just has the sun shining on it to make it appear lit. #Road
markings, especially the all-important #centre
line, often go missing. In this case you should do what the locals do and decide for yourself where the line is. Just make sure that other drivers understand your intentions.
No right turn on a red light, unless you have a special #green #arrow
next to the #red
light, and keep an eye out for pedestrians.
Booklets containing all official rules of the road can be purchased in Ukrainian and Russian just about anywhere books are sold. Rules in English have been spotted at the book market near the Petrivka metro station.
The following is a short list of unofficial rules of the road:
1. If you’re running late during peak, feel free to drive on sidewalks, cut through the park or drive in the opposite lanes against the flow of traffic.
2. If your Lada overheats, just leave it in the lane where it stalled and come back later after the traffic jam you just caused dies down.
3. If you’re driving on the highway and miss your exit, pull over into the right lane, turn your hazard lights on and proceed in reverse until you get back to the exit you wanted. Don’t worry about the cars speeding towards you; they are likely to get out of the way.