Last year we spent 6 days in a little hotel located in Praiano (about 5 miles East of Positano) and drive on the Amalfi drive everyday. This was our 2nd visit to this region and we loved every moment. If you are traveling during the busy summer tourist season (or Easter time) you can expect significant traffic...particularly in the few miles around Positano. Although we have found the Italian drivers to border on being absolutely crazy, they also happen to be great drivers. We have seldom seen auto accidents in Italy with the exception of motorcycle mishaps. Driving on the Amalfi coast can be a lot of fun, but you do sometimes need patience. It is not uncommon to have a "standoff" with large buses (particularly in the narrow areas close to Positano) in which case everyone pitches in to find a good solution. Usually somebody has to back up a bit,,and there is usually an Italian who will start directing traffic and take charge of the situation. The actual Amalfi Drive road is quite safe with excellent guard-rails in the cliff-top areas. In fact, although the road looks perilous when gazing out of a high bus window, its much less frightening when in a car. Trust me that there are other more terrifying roads in Italy such as the river coast road that runs between Como and Bellagio. The biggest problem driving the Amalfi Drive is not getting lost in the area around Sorrento and of course parking. Parking is always a major issue as is evidenced by more than a mile of parked cars along the Amalfi Drive just above Positano (the most congested area on the entire Drive). The irony is that its quite easy to park in Positano (there is only one main road and its one-way) in one of the pay garages...although it sure is not cheap. My only caution is that if you are on a definite schedule (such as needing to get back to a cruise ship) leave yourself plenty of extra time for the return journey just to be safe.