It is not unusual for cars or bikes
to swerve into your lane without indication. A system of
"sharing lanes" has developed because there are often
obstacle on the sides of the road, such as parked cars or the
frequent procession of bakso trolleys and paraphernalia salesmen.
That's okay if you're used to it
but can be quite a shock to a new driver in Bali! Be aware that
drivers from side streets often don't look when joining a main
road and the larger vehicle is king of the road.
Quite often, red traffic lights are
considered "as suggestion" and there are a few place
where traffic in the left lane may turn or continue straight
through whilst the light is red.
Remember to sound the horn when
going around curves on mountainous roads as driver commonly drive
in the middle of the road. There are a lot of one-way roads in
Bali (meant to help traffic flow but it hasn't really turned
out the way). If you miss your turn off, you may have to drive
quite a distance before being able to turn back. This has resulted
in motorbike riders riding a few hundred meters in the wrong
direction as a shortcut rather than following traffic flow. So be
It is recommended to drive at night
especially on the road to Gilimanuk where the ferry to Java island
commences. Truck drivers to and from Java are notorious for
overtaking on corners.
Only a leafy tree branch often marks
obstacles such as pot holes or road construction. By the time you
think, "What is that for?" you could well be in a
You can fill up at any of the many
government owned petrol stations or in more remote areas at stalls
by the side of the road displaying bottles of clear liquid. The
quality may not be as good as at the patrol station.
What to do and not to do
1. In many places cattle's e.g. cows and dogs are often crossing the
street, just speed down and be careful.
2.Religious ceremonies and cultural festivals may occupy the road -
if you are caught behind it, enjoy the experience and do not horn.
3.As developing country, during peak hours, roads especially in the
towns are quite busy, please be patient.
4.It is not unusual for cars and motorbikes to swerve into your lane
especially in around traffic light or where obstacles on the sides
of the road exist e.g. parked cars or trolley procession.
5. Drivers (often motorbike) from side streets sometimes do not look
the situation when joining the main road, please be aware.
6.There are several places where traffic in the left lane may turn
or continue straight through while the light is red with a sign "Belok
kiri jalan terus" or "Lurus Jalan terus"
7.Remember to "toot" your horn when going around curves on
mountainous roads as drivers sometimes drive in the middle of the
road, especially when they think it is quite.
8.There are a lot of one way roads in Bali (meant to help traffic
flow but it has not really turned out that way). If you miss your
turn off, you may have drive quite a distance before being able to
turn back. This has resulted in motorbike riders riding a few
hundred meters in the wrong direction, as a shortcut rather than
following traffic flow. Be alert!
Hope that you will
find this word of advice useful and thank you has chosen Bali as
your holiday destination. Have a nice and relaxing holiday in Bali!