Driving on Curacao

Curacao's traffic rules are similar to those of the Netherlands.... However, tourists have had so many car accidents in the past that car rental companies have resorted to instituting a non-waivable deductible of at least 500 Naf (about 245 Euros).

Traffic on Curacao drives no faster than 60 to 70 km/hour. Advice: drive slowly.

At a T-junction, through traffic always has the right of way. Advice: never take the right of way people do not know this rule.

 Waving an arm out the window means: hold on, I have to stop, turn, park, brake, reverse, give me space.

The insertion usually lacks any logic. Advice: always be wary of a very short merge lane. If you don't get the chance to merge, stay calm, just stand still for a moment, no one will mind, and stick your hand out the window waving: there will always be someone who will then let you merge quietly.

Passing left and right is common, for both speeding and normal traffic. Advice: if you are driving on a two-lane road, keep that lane. Those behind count on that and pass you on the left or right.

Beware of cars that suddenly stop in the middle of the road because the driver sees a familiar face, makes a mistake in the road or wants to turn around. Wait calmly. They will clear the road after a few minutes.

When you brake, brake two or three times so that the person behind you sees you. People don't pay much attention here, looking around more than at the road.

Keep your distance, because sudden braking almost always causes damage here: car brake lights do not always work. Always buckle up in the front seat - it's safe.

Despite established traffic rules, each traffic circle has its own customary law. At one, everyone waits for the rounders and at the other, the rounders wait for the arrivals. In accidents, however, real traffic rules apply.

Many motorists do not indicate that they are changing direction. It is often a quick crossing without looking out, a quick turn on the road, a quick turn into a one-way street from the wrong side.

Thirty percent of road users do not have W.A. insurance. A collision? Always warn 199 and wait calmly. Above all, do not make personal deals with third parties. That is unreliable. You are a tourist and will leave in a few days anyway.

Squealing tires are normal. The wheel rubber causes a squeaking sound on the dusty dried out asphalt when accelerating and especially in corners.

The rain makes the roads here slippery. When it rains, all cars immediately slow down to a speed of 20 to 30 km/hour. Please be careful.

Now, after reading the above, you may have come to the conclusion that it is better not to drive on Curaçao. We strongly disagree with that because driving on Curaçao is much more relaxed and easy than in the Netherlands. You just have to observe the above and adopt a defensive and relaxed driving style. Chill out on the Antilles, even in the car!