How to Survive Cairo Traffic The Unwritten Rules of Driving in the City

Driving in Egypt is an art, and the road is your canvas. There is no such thing as traffic lights or driving signals; you have the ultimate freedom to drive and turn wherever and whenever you want; no rules apply. And this is the reason why we Egyptians suffer daily from spending endless hours in traffic.

Whether you’re on your way to work, school or even running errands, traffic always finds a way to catch up with you. So, you should be ready to fight back with techniques that will help get you fearlessly through the congested roads.

 

Don’t pay any attention to drivers’ signals

Most drivers in Egypt do not abide by signals when driving. This is why you should pay minimal attention to turn signals, blinkers and so forth. Always follow your intuition in these cases and do not trust any light they have on, especially if you are on a highway trying to pass a lorry driver.

 

Always keep some space between you and other cars

When the roads get jammed, there’s a high chance that cars will bump into you. If this happens, do not freak out! It’s only normal in Egypt. Most Egyptians space out in heavily congested streets, and they unintentionally start bumping into other cars. If you happen to hit a car in front of you, make sure to politely apologise and avoid parking to check on your car, unless you’ve caused noticeable damage.

 

Pay no attention to car horns and brakes

This is the most annoying it will get in jammed streets. The more hours you spend stuck in traffic, the more drivers will honk their horns. If this happens, it is most likely to be out of pure frustration.

 

Avoid rush hours

Rush hours are usually between 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. If your work commute requires you to be on the 6th of October bridge during this time, then we feel for you. There’s nothing we can say to help your situation other than: quit your job and look for something closer to home because time is money!

 

Radar speed signs

If you drive in Egypt, then you most definitely have come across a warning sign on a highway saying you are being monitored by a radar. At first, you will stick to the speed limit, only to realise that the radar does not work. Don’t get us wrong, we are huge enthusiasts of those who abide by the rules. After all, if the rules were applied properly, we wouldn’t be pitching you a traffic survival kit.

 

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