Traffic signs and signals in Turkey
follow the international model, with
the standard signs.
But how and when those signs are observed may
differ from usage in other countries.
For example, Stop ("DUR")
and Yield ("Yol Ver")
One Way ("Tek
Yön"), No Entry ("Girilmez")
and No U-Turn signs
may also be ignored in some places
and situations. Don't do it yourself,
but be on guard for those who do.
No Parking and No Stopping signs
are widely ignored,
but sometimes enforced. How do you
know what to do? You don't, but if
you see a street marked with No Parking
signs that is parked solid with cars—except
for that one parking spot you want—you
may be able to park without incident.
But don't say I told you to....
Some places are marked with pictographs
of tow trucks. It's best
to respect these and not to park
is no master list of which signs and
signals may safely be ignored, so it's
difficult to know. But it's
important to know, as drivers
coming up behind you may not expect
you to stop and may thus end up hitting your vehicle from behind.
More often, you may stop at a stop
sign or traffic signal only to see
the driver behind you swerve around
you and speed right through the red
light because he knows "nobody
Traffic signals (lights) are
usually observed, but with the frantic
growth of Turkish cities and towns
and their road systems, signals may
be installed at lightly-used intersections.
Local people, thinking it absurd to
stop when there is no cross traffic,
may blow right through the intersection, ignoring
the red light of the signal.
at intersections are often placed so
that it is difficult for the first
cars stopped at the intersection to
see the signal. Cars will proceed
past the signal, stop, and depend on
cars behind them to honk their
the signal has changed to red-yellow
(which precedes green by about a second).
Expect cars behind you to honk horns
as soon as the signal changes. It is
both a signal that you can now proceed,
and an indication of displeasure that
you have not already done so.
Here are translations
of Turkish road signs.
—by Tom Brosnahan