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Once you're here, renting a car is a good idea since you'll probably be traveling around a lot. The highways in Central Anatolia are generally well maintained and lead to all the major sights. Minor roads, however, are rough and full of potholes. On narrow, winding roads, look out for oncoming trucks, whose drivers often don't stay on their side of the road, and be especially careful at night, when animals and farm vehicles without proper running lights are likely to be on rural roads.

There are good roads between Istanbul and the main cities of Anatolia: Ankara, Konya, and Kayseri. Even so, truck traffic on the main highway from Istanbul to Ankara can be heavy. Two long stretches of toll road (ücretli geçiş) linking Istanbul and Ankara—E80 to beyond Düzce and E89 south from Gerede—provide some relief from the rigors of the other highways. You can also reach Central Anatolia on major highways from the Mediterranean coasts: From Ankara, E90 (also known as Rte. 200) leads southwest toward Sivrihisar; continue southwest on E96 to Afyon, where you can pick up highways going south to Antalya or west to İzmir. Route E88/200 leads east out of Ankara and eventually connects with highways to the Black Sea coast.

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