Driving in Ethiopia: Sometimes It's Not Very Easy to Do

Many roads in the larger Ethiopian towns are paved with asphalt.

By Marie Tesfa

      In Ethiopia driving is difficult due to a lack of well maintained roads and bridges. Most of the roads are not constructed very well. One percent of the country’s roads are asphalt. The majority of those asphalted roads are found in major cities like Addis       Ababa. The rest of the country has no or only a few asphalt roads.
      Traffic lights are found in major cities but they are not very well maintained. The country has a special police force to control traffic. They are called traffic police. They generally control traffic, issue tickets to drivers for speeding, driving without a license, accidents and other things.
      In Ethiopia most of the cars have manual transmissions although now a few automatic transmission cars are being introduced into the country. But it is good to drive with a manual transmission because most of the country has mountains.
      In Ethiopia the process of getting a driver’s license is the same as any other country that follow an international standard. In order to get a learner’s permit

Outside of the towns, most of the roads are dirt. There are very few paved roads in the rural areas.

you need to be 18 years or older. The process involves attending a class for two weeks followed by an exam for the theoretical part. Once they pass this part they will get a learner’s permit and go for practical training on their own.       There is no actual time setup on how many hours you have to practice driving, but within three months you are requires to take the road test.

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