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Car Hire

Hiring a Car

Visitors must produce a valid driver’s

licence in order to obtain a Visitor’s

Permit which is usually issued by

the car hire companies or from

the Barbados Licensing Authority

in The Pine, St. Michael, Oistins or

Speightstown for BB$10 – it is valid

for two months from the date of issue.

DrivingTips in aNutshell

• In Barbados we drive on the left.

• Seat belts are compulsory.

• The roundabout system of lanes:

when taking the first left exit off

the roundabout you should remain

in the left lane; when proceeding

straight, take either lane and filter

at the exit, all other exits off the

roundabout remain in the right lane.

At roundabouts always give way to

traffic approaching from the right.

• The main ABC Highway runs from

the Grantley Adams International

Airport, parallel to the South Coast

and then to the West Coast.

• Highways 1-7 all start in Bridgetown

and branch out across the island.

• Highways A-Z are the smaller

roads in between.

• When you hear the honk of a horn

it has a variety of meanings. It could

be a warning, or a ‘hello’ to a passing

friend or an ‘excuse me, I’m coming’.

• When someone flashes their lights

at you at a junction it usually means

‘proceed, I’m letting you go first’.

Andrew Hulsmeier