Travel advice

Driving Tips: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC


Driving in the Dominican Republic can be a rather unique experience and perhaps one not to miss. Many of the roads here sure have some of the most fantastic ocean side views, with twists and turns. It's especially fun for those of us who must get used to driving not only on the other side of the road, but the other side of the car. Remember to drive with caution at all times!


Europcar recommends that you make a reservation before arriving in the Dominican Republic in order to guarantee the vehicle and equipment of your choice, and obtain our best applicable rates.


Some general rules of the road:

- You must wear your seat-belt at all times. If you don't, you have to pay a fine of $1,000 Pesos.

- The right of way is given to the vehicle that is on the bigger street.

- Trucks have priority before cars.

- Green light indicates that you can go, but still be cautious, it is possible that cars that are supposed to stop, dont.

- Red light indicates that you must stop.

- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs isn't allowed.

- About speed limits: You shouldn’t drive more than 120 kilometers per hour on highways and 80 kilometers per hour on other roads. Inside villages reduces to 40 kilometers per hour.

- Don't change directions too quickly: dominicans don't live in stressed situations. Here, time is not money. It's hot and life is slow. So, if you want to change direction, please show it very clearly.

- If you want to make a left turn, it's possible that other cars will still pass on the left hand side of your vehicle. Do pay attention before making your turn.