I have visited Slovakia three times, in 2001, 2002, and in May, 2007. I
have driven several thousand kilometers over a total of 47 days, from
Bratislava north to Orava and in the area around Tvrdos~in. In all that
time, I saw only two accidents, one in May, 2007, where the left rear
wheel came off and rolled down the hill. The car then skidded in a
circle and hit the guard rail on the left rear, I can honestly say that,
as a rule, the drivers were no better and no worse than drivers in the
US. Of course, I drove at the posted speed limits (which, compared to
the US are somewhat faster) while other drivers tended to ignore that
minor limitation. People who drove Audi's, BMW's and Mercedes's tended
to drive much faster than those who drove Skoda's and other compact cars.
If one keeps to the outside lane and allows others free use of the
inside lane (on a four lane autostrada), there is generally no problem.
I did find the habit of passing oncoming vehicles on a two lane highway
to be somewhat disconcerting, until I got used to it I would have no
qualms about driving in Slovakia, should I ever visit there again.
William F. Brna
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: LongJohn Wayne <daxthewarrior@...
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 11:59:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: driving in Slovakia
Be warned. Slovaks drive like Italians on the open
Stay to the right & let them pass.
I passed very few people on the highway, & felt like I
was 'in the way' driving 10-15kph over the posted
--- ssultonia <ssultonia@...
> This has nothing to do with the grade of a hill but
> in 2006 I
> rented a car in Bratislava and drove to Levoca via
> the northern
> route. It was a Hyndai station wagon of some sort.
> I had asked for a
> Skoda but there were none available at the time. I
> really didn't
> have any problems even though it rained most of the
> day we drove to
> Levoca. Common sense, defensive driving and you
> should not have any
> problems. The "interstate" type highways were great
> and the rural
> roads were not unlike rural roads here at home.
> Road signs were good
> and when they get the connecting multi-lane highway
> finished across
> the northern route, it will be a great journey with
> plenty of
> opportunities to stop and enjoy the countryside.
> Based out of Levoca
> I also drove to several local villages in the area,
> Spis Castle, and
> to Presov and Sarisske Sokolovce in Saris. I really
> didn't have any
> problems and I'm looking forward to doing it again
> in the fall of
> 2008. R/Bill
> --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Martin
> Votruba" <votrubam@...>
> > > Now that is a challenge! Take one European car
> with 1200cc
> > > and 26 to 75 horsepower and drive up a hill with
> such a load ...
> > Or rent the Slovak-made VW Touareg automatic, Ron,
> and win -- VW says
> > it'll climb a 100% grade (45 degrees):
> > http://www.vw.com/touareg/completespecs/en/us
> > Martin
> > votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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