On all of the smaller roads it is a good idea to keep your speed down as all sorts of unexpected things are around such as dogs and cats and kids running out and a myriad of little carts on wheels selling food and wares.If you come across a blocking the road then it’s time to chill-out and enjoy. It may take a while. If you are lucky enough you may be able to hop out of your car for a closer look. Ceremonies are everywhere and almost all the time, so enjoy!Patience, when driving in Bali, is an excellent attribute.
You’ll hear quite a lot of horn honking in Bali. Normally it is used to let you and other drivers know that a person is there. “Beep beep…I’m overtaking you on my motorcycle on the wrong side of the road- Don’t worry I’ll be fine”However,due to traffic congestion in the more crowded areas such as kuta and Seminyak people have more recently taken to honking their horns in frustration. It maybe annoying sitting in a traffic jam being honked at, but relax… and enjoy… whilst the other people “Do Stress”
If you have an accident whether or not it is your fault try to keep your cool. Also if the other people are hurt then try to be as helpful as possible and even offer a little money to help them, even if it is their fault. This is more the case with motorcycles than cars. Most people here are on pretty low wages and medical expenses can be huge.
(N.B. Don’t give anything to people who are faking it as sometimes happens when they see a foreigner. Use your intuition and do what is appropriate)If you are personally injured in an accident then be calm and get yourself to one of the international clinics. For minor cuts and bruises you can go to a local pharmacy and buy whatever is needed to clean up.
Remember that this is the tropics and that if you have cuts and abrasions you should thoroughly clean your wounds several times daily.