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Forget everything you've ever learned about driving. Your parents, Drivers Ed coach, and the books you've read are no help for you here. In Sicily, your "rules" do not apply.
The "modern vehicle" is not the convenient and potentially lethal method of human transport that the rest of the world considers it to be. In Sicily, operating a vehicle is simply a means for you to transport your ego from one place to another. If you happen to simultaneously avoid some of the more "annoying cultural advances" like common human decency, well ... complements to you!