While on the road, an important
virtue to have here is patience! Although the road system in the
heavily populated areas is in reasonable condition compared to other
developing countries, it can be heavily congested at peak periods.
Ceremonial processions sometimes occupy the whole road so if you are
caught behind a procession, enjoy the colorful experience. Roads can
also be quite narrow with heavy pedestrian traffic on each side. In
less populated areas, roads may not be tarred and the famous "gang"
(very small road just big enough to accommodate one car, but very
often two-way) is ever present no matter what area you may be in.
This invariably tests the reversing skills of many drivers!
Take note of several important points
while driving in Bali. It is not unusual for cars and bikes to
swerve into your lane without indication. A system of "sharing
lane" has developed because there are often obstacles on the sides
of the road, such as parked cars or the frequent procession of bakso
trolleys and paraphernalia salesman.
That's okay if you're used to it
but can be quite a shock to the new driver in Bali! Be aware that
drivers from side streets often don't look when joining a main
road and the larger vehicle is king of the road.
Quite often red traffic lights are
considered "only as a suggestion" and there are a few places
where traffic in the left lane may turn or continue straight through
whilst the light is red with a sign "belok kiri jalan terus".
Remember to "toot" your horn when
going around curves on mountainous roads as drivers commonly drive
in the middle of the road here.
There are a lot of one way roads in
Bali (meant to help traffic flow but it hasn't really turned out
that way). If you miss your turn off, you may have drive quite a
distance before being able to turn back. This has resulted in
motorbike riders riding a few hundred meters in the wrong direction,
as a shortcut rather than following traffic flow.
* All of our rental
cars are gasoline engines, look for a signboard
premium/bensin or premix and fill up!
MESRAN = The name of engine oil for the car. NO
PREMIUM/BENSIN = Standard gasoline.
PREMIX = Star gasoline.
SOLAR = For diesel engine. NO NEED!
BUKA 24 JAM = Open for 24 hours.