|Driving in Azerbaijan||
Drivers pay little heed to traffic regulations, so expect a certain degree of artistic liberty when driving. Azeri driving behaviour is not incredibly dangerous nor aggressive, but don't depend on drivers to stay in their own lanes. Nor will they always pay attention to traffic signals or other drivers. Horns are an endemic phenomenon: personalized car horns are considered trendy in Baku and you'll see the noveau riche in their Hummers, Mercedes and BMWs often with two horns going at once - an ordinary one, and one that plays a tune, the theme from the film the Godfather is a favourite... Barking cars can also be heard. Often family cars are loaded with cargo in a way that could rival a Pakistani truck - beware as it is not uncommon for it to fall.
Pedestrians constantly cross the
street everywhere. With the number of cars on the road growing exponentially,
tends to be very creative, you will realize this as soon as you get out
of the airport terminal.
Note that "left-hand" turns across traffic are absolutely forbidden. You have to find a way to get to the other side of the street and then make a "right-hand" turn. Sometimes this means driving a kilometre or so out of your way and reversing direction. Sometimes, you'll find cars backing up a one-way street just so they can "legally" head in the direction they want to go. Drive defensively at all times.
Always carry your vehicle registration papers, passport and driver's licence. Also, make sure that your car's paperwork gives you authorization to drive it. An international driver's license is valid in Azerbaijan if you stay in the country for less than 4 months. After that, you'll need to get a stamp from the traffic police (79 S. Vurgun, tel. 984 002).
If a policeman signals you to pull over, he'll use a siren or point with a baton. Above all, stay calm and don't get out of the car. The officer will shake hands with you first, introduce himself, then ask for your license and car's documentation. Answer his questions, but don't volunteer information. Be ready to apologize. The officer may be looking for a bribe, but will eventually let you go without one. The police's obscure fines are more often than not, not for the local road fund, most are open to bribery to counteract their miserable wages.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a very serious offence in Azerbaijan, so make sure that you have a replacement driver even if you plan to drink only a small amount of alcohol.
From Azerbaijan International
(6.2) Summer 1998
|Car Rental in Baku|
|Car Rental Company||Phone||Fax|
26 Gasym Majidov Street, 370065
3 Samad Vurgun Street, Apt.6
27, 28th May Street
64/18 Uzeyir Hajibeyov Street
Baku, Bina International Airport, North Terminal - Arrival
66 Nizami Street
27 U. Hajibayov
Fuel supplies outside Baku may not be reliable, so check before taking to the road on long trips, if in doubt get a jerrycan. In some stations you may find only 91 octane gasoline (you will find 95, but 98 octane in unheard of). Some stations also include money exchange services and all kinds of shops.
Below you'll find a list of gas stations
in the Baku area.
Tel: 631 417
Block 2322, M. Hady
Tel: 760 177
Fax: 738 042
Khirdalan settlement, Avtovaz, 370001
Tel: 936 065
Fax: 971 985
Car Service Centre
Car Service Centre
|General Motors Performance
88 Zardabi st.
Tel: 977 024
Fax: 976 552
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