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Driving in Trinidad & Tobago

Road conditions, driving customs, and driving behaviours can be vastly different from what you're used to, especially in the Caribbean, where roads and drivers can be somewhat unpredictable. Although Trinidad & Tobago achieved independence from England in 1962, drivers stay to the left-hand side of the road on both islands.

If you're travelling from North American or mainland Europe, take time to adjust to the change in direction and be cautious when you take the wheel. International visitors to Trinidad & Tobago may drive on the islands for up to 90 days but must have an International Driver's Permit or a valid driver's licence from the Bahamas, Canada, England, France, Germany, or the United States.

Trinidad’s speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) on highways and 55 kph (34 mph) in built-up areas. While in Tobago do not exceed 50 kph (31 mph). There is no left turn on a red light and U-turns are illegal. Drivers and front-seat passengers are legally required to wear a seat belt. Gas stations are located throughout Trinidad but are generally harder to find in Tobago.

Many main roads in Trinidad & Tobago are in good condition, and several well-maintained highways accommodate traffic on Trinidad. Drivers in Port-of-Spain should be aware of aggressive drivers and gridlocked rush hours. Other roads in Trinidad & Tobago may suffer from typical Caribbean problems. Roads can be thin and curving and can also be flanked by steep embankments that make driving off the road doubly dangerous. Night-time driving is not generally recommended for international visitors because intoxicated drivers are common on both islands. Drivers should always be aware of animals and pedestrians that may cross into the road, and should take extra caution when taking blind corners. Local drivers can use hand signals that are unfamiliar to visitors from foreign countries to indicate turns and stops.





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