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What to know when you’re driving on your own in Aruba

What to know when you’re driving on your own in Aruba

Driving around Aruba: what should you expect?
Driving on the island is safe but there are some things you should be aware of before you take off in your rental car. The correct side to drive on Aruba is on the right-hand side. If you want to pass someone, you do so on the left-hand side.

The general traffic rules are as follows: the speed limit in residential areas is 30km/h (18 m/h), non residential areas 60km/h (38 m/h) and highway roads 80km/h (50m/h). Road signs dictate the speed in km/h. On roundabouts, the cars on the roundabout have right of way. When approaching a crossroad without traffic signs, traffic from the right has right of way. When you turn left, the upcoming and opposing vehicles have right of way.

One happy roundabout… yes, Aruba does have a lot of roundabouts to keep the traffic flowing. As a visitor here are some tips on driving into roundabouts to avoid accidents:

  1. Approach the roundabout in the right-hand lane and slow down.
  2. Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout.
  3. Signal your intention to enter the roundabout with your right-turn signal.
  4. Look to your left and make sure there is no traffic approaching from that direction.
  5. Enter the roundabout and stay in your lane.
  6. Use your left-turn signal to indicate your intention to exit the roundabout.
  7. Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.

Remember to always obey traffic laws and signs when driving in roundabouts and any other roads in Aruba.

Gas stations may also be a little different than what you’re used to at home. At most gas stations, you’re not allowed to pump gas yourself, attendants will do it for you. If you encounter a gas station with self service, you’re supposed to pay first, then pump gas. Gas prices in Aruba are the same at every gas station, since the gas prices are regulated by the government.

Use a good navigation app, most visitors have reported that maps.me is one of the best apps for navigating the island.

There are only a few things you should know about parking in Aruba. In Oranjestad, they introduced parking meters, so make sure to check if you have to pay for parking. Parking on a bridge is prohibited, as is parking on a road with a continuous middle line. Other than that, you should be fine! You’re not to sure about driving? Booking a taxi or guided tour is also a safe alternative to explore the island.



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