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Roundabouts are designed to make intersections safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. As Roundabouts are an integral part of the traffic system in Barbados, it is important to understand how to use them safely. There are a few things to remember about driving Roundabouts Yield to drivers in the Roundabout Stay in your lane; do not change lanes Do not stop in the Roundabout Avoid driving next to oversize vehicles For further driving instructions, please review the information below. 

 What side do I drive on?  
Firstly, please note that as a former British colony, driving in Barbados is based on the British system - that is to say 'PLEASE drive on the left!' The steering wheel of most vehicles is positioned on the right hand side of the vehicle. 

 How many lanes? 
 Roundabouts in Barbados have two lanes: 

(1) The Outside Lane (left most lane): is generally used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the first left exit road. 
(2) The Inside Lane: is used by those vehicles wishing to exit at the second or third exit road. 

Please note some drivers also use the outside lane to access the second exit, while this is not a recommended practice, it is important to exercise caution when using roundabouts. 

 Flow of Traffic and Navigating Roundabouts  
All traffic flows around roundabouts in a clockwise direction. Once you have selected your lane, watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk as you approach the roundabout. Look right and wait for a break in traffic before merging with the oncoming vehicles. Remember, in a multi-lane roundabout, you must yield to both lanes of traffic. Leave the circle by using your indicator and turn left onto the road of your choice. If there is no traffic in the roundabout, you may enter without yielding. 

Each Roundabout in Barbados has signage. Some Roundabouts have been honoured with the name of a prominent Barbadian. These signs therefore assist drivers with navigation of the island and are also a medium through which public recognition and island pride are shown for individuals who have made a positive contribution to the development of the island.  If you are unsure or have any questions about driving in Barbados, please remember to ask our car hire representative when collecting your hire car.
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It's easy to hire a car in Barbados but here are some top tips if you haven't done it before! In Barbados, we drive on the left-hand side of the road! It's very hot here - no surprise there! So consider ensuring your chosen hire car has air conditioning (A/C) if you can't take the heat. Many hire car outlets rent roofless or convertable vehicles as well (Mini Mokes, Jeeps, etc) - it is wise to keep the hood up during the peak sun hours (11am - 2pm) to avoid heatstroke. Hire cars will come with maps and Barbados is fairly easy to navigate - a lot of the fun of hiring a car is finding your way around the island and tripping over the lesser travelled spots. However, if you have a difficult time with maps you might want to consider the optional sat-nav systems. Failing that, stop and ask a friendly local, or, view the bus signs - 'To City' you're heading towards Bridgetown and 'Out of City' you're heading away from it! Barbados has a lot of pedestration crossings - zebra crossings if you're from the UK - but many can be faded, keep an eye out for them on the roads (and the exit of roundabouts on the highways) as it's courtesy to stop for pedestrians. They're marked by black and white stripes across the road. The Bridgetown one-way system can be a navigational puzzle sometimes, but there is no rush, if in doubt, go slow and watch the traffic around you closely, you'll find locals very patient with 'H'ire cars. When heading to the north or the east of the island make sure you have enough fuel in the car, gas stations get a little sparse that way and you want to ensure you can get back to where you started. Speaking of gas stations in Barbados, you don't need to pump your own gas, the vast majority of petrol pumps are manned and your gas is poured for you - no need to get out of your car. Do you have any more top tips on driving in Barbados? Share with us!

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