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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Monday, February 19, 2007

More Driving School

I have been studying street signs, memorizing all I can about what to do in the event of an accident with and without injuries, learning all the parts of my car, when I am allowed to pass on the right and all manner of interesting facts about driving in Italy.

I am now ready to share a few of these tidbits with you, did you know:

1. If you are in an accident and someone is injured you are obligated by law to help them or face criminal charges. Some first aid I need to know: Do not remove any objects that are lodged in someone’s or your eyes. Cover with a sterile gauze and wait until the medic arrive. Also if someone is has been burned, try to put out fires on their clothing but do not remove any burnt clothing or other articles. Try to immerse the burned part in water to cool and help relieve pain.

2. The is a fund called "fondo delle vittime della strada" which is a sort of charity that helps victims of accidents in case the perpetrator runs away from his or her responsibility.

3. If a giant rock falls from a hillside in front of your car you should try to stop as to not run into it, then get out of your car, try to move it out of the way so other cars do not have the same problem and cause an accident. If it is too heavy for you to move, call the police.

4. If you have a new license, you are obliged to drive 30 km/hr slower on the motorway for three years or face stiff penalties.

5. Obviously do not honk your horn in the city unless you have to, ie. In case of danger not when the shmuck in front of you is too busy on the cell phone to step on it.

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