Guide to Driving in Bahamas

Bahamas is the ground of islands providing enormous pleasure to the tourists. Besides the cities, there are lots of remote places in Bahamas which are worth visiting. So, hiring a car is a matter of ease for a traveler, if s/he wants to explore various places of this area, especially the sea beaches and remote islands. One can import a car but that would be too expensive; rather the rental cars are quite of a good bargain. One can get a car in a cheap rate from the local rental companies but in that case one has to consider the pitiable condition of the car. Well conditioned cars can be rented at a higher rate.

Tourists who move to Bahamas for a long halt can use the driving license (issued by their native country) for three months and after this period they must need an international driving license. It will be very helpful if the driver carries a comprehensive map of this place to locate the distant places without difficulties. The handiness of fuel is a matter of consideration while renting a car in Bahamas, because fuel is costly here and not obtainable from all the tourist spots. The service stations are also not easily getable. The local drivers of Bahamas are a bit thoughtless on the road. Most often they do not use indicators while turning and they also have the tendency of stopping in the road or pull the car’s door out in front of other cars. Even if 17 is the minimum age of driving in Bahamas, some rental companies do not allow the licensed drivers under the age of 25 to rent cars.

The street rules are pretty similar to the rules of UK but the roads outside the city are not so comfortable to drive on as the roads of rural areas are of bad conditions. Again, the rental agencies are not so available everywhere. An advanced reservation of car would be very helpful. And to hire a driver would be a great decision to stay away from the complexities of driving in Bahamas.

Essential Driving Information

  • Drive on the left.
  • Carry the particular safety equipments.
  • Seatbelts are required for everyone in the front and rear.
  • Traveler below the age of five must have an appropriate child seat.
  • Speed limits are lesser in soggy weather.
  • Compulsory documents should be taken.
Speed Limits
Town/City: Around 25 mp/h
Main Road: Around 45 mp/h
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police: 919
Ambulance: 919
General Information (as of 2014)
Min Driving Age: 17
Alcohol Limit: 0.08%
Petrol Price: €1.066/litre
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