The freedom that having a car on vacation allows is, often times, worth the challenges of driving in an unfamiliar city, even when in another country. Confident drivers will be able to travel around the area on their own time schedule, not have to worry about a bus or train not going close enough to your desired location, not having to worry about paying for a bus or train pass, and many other inconveniences. The key is when driving in a foreign country, to know the rules of the road. If you’re planning on visiting Montego Bay, Jamaica, before your trip, give Timeless Mobay Car Rental a call to reserve your rental car.
Beware of Other Dangerous Drivers
The only person you can count on is yourself, so keep an eye out for other drivers around you. Jamaicans drive on the left side of the road, so pay extra attention when pulling out of driveways and when making a right turn, which means you’re crossing oncoming traffic. Drivers, whether it’s a car or motorcycle, tend to speed, tailgate, and many times it will seem as if they are playing “chicken” which each other. The speed limit is 80 km/hr (50 mph) in quieter areas and 50 km/hr (30 mph) in more suburban areas.
Roads throughout the island are not well-kept and are narrow, two-lane roads full of potholes. The more time you spend on the road, the more comfortable you will become. However, if you feel comfortable enough to start speeding like the locals, the potholes are especially something you need to be wary of. If you are truly exploring the island, there’s a good chance there won’t be a car repair shop close by, so before you leave the car rental company, be sure there’s a spare tire in the back. Keep in mind that the roads around the more touristy areas, the north and northwest coasts, tend to be smoother and will have fewer potholes.
Have a Good Sense of Direction
Before you head into the heart of the island, know that your phone won’t be able to give you directions. Ask someone who is familiar with the area for detailed directions before you start on your journey. The good thing is that your phone’s navigation and map will continue to work after your data is turned off. So become familiar with following a map.
Wherever you are on the island, police perform regular traffic checks so be prepared to stop. Along with this, know that marijuana is an illegal substance. Keep this in mind if you choose to partake.
Some Other Quick Tips:
- Don’t be afraid to use your horn, locals will expect it.
- Look out for stray animals
- Lock your car doors
When you want to explore Jamaica in a way that relying on public transportation may not allow, a rental car is an option that will give you the freedom to go where you want and when you want. To see the beautiful waterfalls, beaches, and communities that you may miss otherwise, contact Timeless Mobay Car Rental today to reserve your car today. From the moment you step off the plane, we want you to see the side of Jamaica that we love. Call us for a car rental to see it faster.