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Look Right Before Stepping Into Traffic!!
The Irish are very kind and have the foresight to paint on the curb at every intersection:
How thoughtful. I'm sure it saved me from the Emergency Room more than once, being from a land where it's customary to look left before stepping out.
Until now I didn´t write anything about Dublin´s car drivers’ behaviour and pedestrians. But first a little question:
How do you recognize a tourist in Dublin?
Answer: He´s waiting for green traffic lights before crossing the street.
It´s no joke. People in Dublin don’t seem to care much for traffic lights … And what happens if a car is coming? Hooting and waiting until the colour-blind Dubliner crossed the street ;-)
So if you don´t want to become recognized as a tourist in Dublin: cross the streets when it´s red.
Well, we want to be fair, that's probably not the behaviour of every Dubliner, but of everyone we met ;-)
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Proof - patience traffic lights
Traffic in general didn`t seem too bad to me. Just beware of traffic lights in general. The green light just lasts 2 seconds, followed by more seconds for the yellow and more and more time for the red (almost take a book and start reading in the waiting to turn green again, I would suggest!!) And then be quick again. In someplaces a timeclock tells you how many seconds left before it turns green, good thing to spend your waiting counting backwards
Although driving is on the...
Although driving is on the left, pedestrians seem to walk on the right. A bit confusing at the beginning.
Traffic is horrendous during the commuting hours, so don't plan to get anywhere quickly then. Understandably, the Dubliners are not at their most polite or hospitable during the traffic jams.
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