Are you visiting the U. S. Virgin Islands for the first time? Well there are many things to get used to, our sing song Caribbean dialects, our laid back approach to time, the new sounds of Caribbean rhythms playing almost everywhere you go, of course the food...so good! But one of the biggies for many people is driving. It takes a bit of getting used to and each of the 3 big Virgins offer its own unique experience. Here are five reminders.
1. We drive on the left. Though we are a US Territory and this is Americas Paradise, we still do drive on the left. I guess it is reminiscent of our Danish colonial times. Switching to driving on the left is difficult at times. What you have to be especially particular of is making turns. One trick is to pay attention to the drivers in front of you and when you are turning think LEFT. Some rental car companies place signs in the vehicle as a reminder.
2. Our roads are narrow and curvaceous, in comparison to what you may be accustomed to elsewhere. They are comfortable to drive on but you have to get accustomed to it. Take your time because at times you may see an animal wandering in the road and the driver in front of you may or may not be in any sort of a hurry. Don't be alarmed if someone stops to speak to a friend standing along the side of the road. These things happen. Relax and know that even with these set backs, it doesn't take long to get where you need to go.
3. There is a ban on texting and driving as well as on any cell phone usage while driving. Just don't do it; you will get pulled over if a cop sees you and with our steep hills, who wants to run the risk of running off the road.
4. Speed is limited; no 65 mph and up driving on these small curvaceous roads. If you want precise info on the speed limits visit the Virgin Islands Highway Safety Laws website. It makes perfect sense to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
5.Wherever you are going start early. Give yourself some time. If you are coming to catch Love City Car Ferries' M/V Capt. Vic you will need the time to get there. Just relax on the dock and wait for the black and white ferry to arrive.
Have fun when you get here!
Love City Car Ferries, Inc.