ROAD SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR TRAVELLERS
It has been said by some that if you are able to master driving in St. Lucia, then driving anywhere else will be a breeze. Sounds exciting, but I am sure, by hearing this you will have a few questions for us. Such as: On what side of the road would I drive? Are all our roads of dirt, gravel, paved, etc.? Are the roads marked and easy to navigate? What are the maximum and minimum speeds allowed?
You have taken that first step by renting a vehicle with DriveTime. To get you ready, we have prepared for you information that you would need to know ahead of your journey.
Information that we are about to provide to you can also be found in our Frequently Asked Questions, and also our General Terms and Conditions of Use.
The accepted age for renting a vehicle in St. Lucia is 25. This is a general guideline required by insurance policies. Similar to this requirement, it is important that you go through our Terms and Conditions, so that you can become aware of any requirement that you may not be able to meet and which can deny you the opportunity to rent a vehicle, such as legal driving age, documents to confirm your travel and identity, deposits, how to keep the vehicle whilst in your care, etc.
In St. Lucia we drive of the left side. The speed limits are also found of the left and they are stated in mph (miles per hour). Typical St. Lucian speed limits are as follows: City areas 10-15 mph, rural areas 30 mph and major highways – 40 mph. Always check and follow the signs to be sure you’re not exceeding the limit, and always give way to vehicles on your right.
Seat Belts and Child Protection
The laws of Saint Lucia requires compulsory use of seat belts both for drivers and passengers. Children, who are under the age of 7 years must use an appropriate child seat, which are available for rental.
Driving the Roadways and Through Towns
The island’s road ways are through mountains, hills, towns, villages, and over bridges. The two main roads that cover the island (one on the east or Atlantic side and the other on the west or Caribbean side) are two-lane, paved roads. The east coast road is a smoother ride than the west coast road, with lots of vegetation and ocean scenes. However you will be challenged by the low and high roadways of the west coast road, which can be bumpy with pot holes. You should travel at a low to moderate speed, to avoid unexpected flat tires or sustaining a damaged rim. Also, when travelling through some of the smaller villages, such as Anse Le Raye and Canaries, you will come across dogs that wander through the towns and sometimes sleep within the shoulders of the roads. Please be vigilant and take care through those towns and also when driving around curvy roads.
You will find that not all roads are paved. The side roads along the two main highways that take you to beaches, resorts, or other attractions and sites will either be paved or of dirt or gravel. Some of these side roads are wide enough for two way traffic, but others such as the Anse Chastanet Road, near the town of Soufriere, are not the best for two-way traffic. You should expect to encounter potholes, steeper hills and bumpy conditions. We recommend that a 4WD vehicle, such as a jeep, SUV or a vehicle that provides, for a safe and secure travel experience.
Tip: To have a better visual understanding of what it’s like driving the distances, that is along the east coast and west coast roads, you can check out Youtube.com. Simply search for “Driving in St Lucia” and you’ll find some high quality videos that show what some of the popular routes are like such as driving the west coast highway from Soufriere to Hewonarra Airport (UVF), driving the east coast highway from UVF to Castries and Rodney Bay, and driving from Soufriere to Castries.
Protect Your Property On Your Travels
The lose of personal items, such as passports, cameras, phones etc., whilst on vacation or a business trip, due to theft, can be a very devastating experience. To safeguard against these occurrences, especially at night, always park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving valuables in your car, especially on the seats in plain view site. Ensure that your handbags are zipped fully and carried closely to your person.
Driving under the Influence and Cell Phone Use
The Laws of Saint Lucia forbids driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. There are also laws for driving without due care and attention.
You should also avoid driving and using cell phones. Please pull off the road and use your phone if necessary.
DriveTime provides road maps free of charge to all its clients. If you are a single passenger and have the need to use the road map, it is best to pull off the road and read the map and then resume driving. Do not attempt to read and drive at the same time.
In the unfortunate event of an accident, please contact DriveTime Car Rental Inc. immediately. The law requires all accidents to be reported within 24 hours. Do not admit any liability.
The emergency services numbers are: Police 999, Ambulance 911 and Fire Service 911.