More Tips about Driving on Tenerife

Mon, December 19th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

We’ve written about driving on Tenerife before, but life in the fast and slow lane on Tenerife provides a never-ending vein of material. After a drive from Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife to Playa de la Arena near Los Gigantes in the south west via Icod de ls Vinos and Santiago del Teide threw up a few little ‘quirks’, it seemed like a good time to share some more tips.

Here are some of the drivers we encountered.


The Considerate Driver
You often come across banana trucks on Tenerife’s country roads – a clockwork toy could take the hills faster than these old dames of the road. But the first chance they get they’ll often pull into the verge to let the traffic behind them get past.

There is, however, a downside to some considerate drivers. Recently in El Tanque above Garachico, we were stuck behind a minibus travelling at 30kph. Every few yards it stopped to let passengers out. When he did, he gave a little beep of the horn to let the cars behind know that the road ahead was clear, and each time a few escaped.

When our turn came, the same thing happened. He stopped, beeped his horn and we pulled out… nearly hitting a motorcyclist head on. This time his beep hadn’t been for us; it was for the motorcyclist waiting to emerge from a side road the mini-bus driver wanted to turn into. His helpful beeps weren’t quite as helpful as they seemed.
Similarly, if anyone waves for you to pass, makes sure the road is clear – we’ve had drivers do this on blind corners.




The Person Who Doesn’t Like Corners
For anyone trying to get from A to B quickly via country roads on Tenerife this driver can be a nightmare. They’re so nervous of corners that they come to almost a complete stop to negotiate each one. They also hit their breaks constantly, usually for no reason, forcing you to do the same. I replace break pads every two years because of them. Their most annoying trait is that when the road does finally straighten out they accelerate like Lewis Hamilton, so you’ve no chance of ever getting past them.

The Navigator Driver
The navigator driver is a common creature on Tenerife’s roads. The scenario is nearly always the same. The man drives whilst trying to sneak looks at the map spread out on his wife/girlfriend’s lap. She looks partly bemused, partly irritated as hell because he keeps screaming at her ‘which road do I take’ and the annoying thing on her lap might as well be in  Russian. The result is that the navigator driver is unpredictable and may change direction at the last instant.
The ideal set up for exploring new destinations by car is for the woman in the partnership to drive and for the man to read the map. Anyone who thinks that’s a sexist solution should check out this Telegraph article or, even better read the very funny Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps by Alan Pease.


Do it this way around and car arguments will become a thing of the past…plus life on Tenerife’s roads will be a lot easier for the drivers of other cars.

Posted : Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 9:57 am
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One Response to “More Tips about Driving on Tenerife”

  1. For visitors, you can drive around of island and total kms. will be 180 using tradicional roads, with spectacular views

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