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Well, you took Damavand trek and you are heading towards Tehran. Then you think why not to rent a car in Iran and you yourself drive from Tehran to Isfahan?
In the field of driving, Iran is one of the worst and craziest countries in the world.
Nobody gives a damn to law. While driving on the streets of Iran, anything is possible.
Unfortunately, in driving culture and etiquette we are very far from Europeans, Americans or even South East Asians.
I am also Iranian but always have difficulty while driving in Iran.
Most of the Iranian drivers have no idea what is an indicator. Just imagine you are driving between the lines suddenly the car next to you cuts your way and if an accident occurs, according to law it’s your fault.
According to the Iranian law, while driving, anybody who hit the other car from behind is responsible and should pay the other car, even if it’s the fault of the front car.
So, just remember , Iranians have no idea what the hell is an indicator.
The other problem with Iranian driving culture is slow drivers in the speed line.
For example, you are driving with high speed such as 120 Km/h and suddenly you reach to a car in front of you and the guy is driving only 20 Km/h.
Then what happens? You should hit the brakes and if you hit the car from behind it’s your fault!!!!!
The other Iranian driving cultural problems are taxi and Uber drivers.
Wherever the passenger intends to get off the car, the driver stops the car; sometimes in the middle of the street.
And if you are stuck behind it, others give you no way to change the line. So, you should wait till the passenger gets off the car.
Other problem with driving in Iran is fast drivers.
Just imagine you are stuck in a traffic jam as heavy as hell then suddenly a car decides to get himself out of the situation.
He changes the lines carelessly and puts others in trouble.
Iranians have no idea what a lane is and how does it feel to drive between the lines.
Just forget the line and don’t give a damn to law while driving in Iran.
But why the driving culture in Iran is like this?
Other countries also have cultural problems in the field of driving but Iran is something special. For example, in Malaysia if you hit other car, as a foreigner it is always your fault.
I remember an Iranian lady had a car accident in Kajang (a city in Malaysia).
The driver of the other car was Indian Malaysian.
The guy called his friends and they looted the Iranian lady car in the middle of the street.
And what the police did? The lady was foreigner so she should pay.
Thus, if you are thinking about renting a car in Iran after your Damavand trek, it is not recommended to do so. It’s better to hire a driver guide.
In this way you save your life and always your Damavand trek remains a sweet experience in your mind.