It can be extremely difficult to drive on Jamaican roads, at times it will seem as if you are playing a video game, so here are a few tips to help you along. Please make sure to read carefully.
- Stay on the correct side of the road; Jamaicans drive on the left.
- Honk horn when going around blind turns; this will let oncoming drivers know that you are coming.
- Look out for animals; such as dogs, goats, and possible cows…mostly on country roads.
- Look out for pedestrians; Jamaicans use the public transport system and walk a lot.
- Don’t panic.
- Be courteous; you may need to make room for other drivers due to narrow, winding roads and obstacles, such as pot holes.
- Buy a map.
- Don’t be afraid to ask locals directions, they are very helpful.
- And if possible don’t drive at night; it can be tough because of not knowing the roads well enough, also it does get dark and oncoming car lights are blinding, making it hard to see.
- Show respect for the road; keep your eyes on the road and wear seatbelts.
- Pull over in a safe spot for sight seeing…you will know where to park.
- Pull over and enjoy the food on the side of the road…hint boiled corn and peanut porridge are the best.
- Drive at your own pace.
- Ignore taxi drivers; Jamaicans drive fast.
- Relax and enjoy the scenery.
Now, there are several major and local car rental agencies on the island. Here are some tips:
- Car rental agencies are located at each airport and they make it easy for you to use their services.
- Local car rental agencies are all over the island; and will take you to and from the airport.
- Do your homework…hint google.
- Book ahead of time, if possible.
- Ask for discounts, especially if you are Jamaican.
- Don’t worry, Jamaica does take care of her visitors.
Relax and enjoy the ride, and when you get home boast about driving in Jamaica…it is a big deal!