Indonesia

Indonesia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

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Driving In Indonesia
Indonesia drives on the left hand side of the road. Driving conditions differ by Island. Generally driving on Bali will be less stressful than Java and Jakarta in particular. However, throughout Indonesia, roads tend to be highly congested and rules are ignored by drivers. Traffic signals often don’t work and if they do, they’re routinely ignored. Driving standards are poor –tailgating at high speed id the norm, overtaking will happen in either lane and buses and lorries will drive on the wrong side of the road in the face of oncoming to traffic in order to overtake. Motorcycles are everywhere and will follow no road rules. Accidents between a car and a motorcycle are invariably viewed as the fault of the driver of the car. Groups of motorcycle riders will sometimes threaten the driver of a car who is involved in an accident regardless of who is at fault. Beware in the vicinity of tyre repair shops as they have a tendency to sprinkle nails or sharp objects in the road in an attempt to get business! The standard rules of driving abroad in a developing country apply in Indonesia- drive confidentally but ultra defensively and always expect the unexpected!

Indonesia Car Rental –
Avis has branches on Java and Bali. Europcar advertise that they operate in Indonesia but I was unable to access any detail or make a reservation on their website.

These companies rent cars in Bali
http://www.sesehbali.com/rent_car_self_driver.html
http://balicarrentalsite.com/

This company rents cars in Java –
http://javacarhire.com/

Indonesia Self Driving Rules-
You cannot drive in Indonesia on an EU driving licence, but are permitted to use an International Driving permit which may need to be endorsed by the Indonesian licensing office in Jakarta.Check with the rental company. You should also check whether cars can be driven on and transported to Islands other than the one you rented on.

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  1. On Bali and other popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, locals will offer to rent out a motorcycle for a week. Perhaps that works for cars, too; I just needed a motorcycle. See [url=http://howards.hubpages.com/hub/Driving-Indonesia-Rules/] my article[/url] for a humorous look at some unwritten rules and practices experienced while driving in Indonesia.

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