In Barbados we drive on the left hand side of the road as they do in England. In addition to your Driver’s License, you will need to be issued a local driving permit.
The minimum age for visitors renting a car in Barbados is 21 years. Drivers over 70 years of age will require a medical certificate.
Speed limits are posted in kilometers. Typical Barbados speed limits are: city areas - 40 km/h, rural areas - 60 km/h, major highways - 80 km/h. Always check the signs to be sure you're not exceeding the limit.
It is compulsory that both drivers and passengers wear seat belts. Children under 5 years of age must use an appropriate child seat, which are available for rental.
Visitors should also take note that the island has a number of roundabouts and they should approach them with caution. Follow the signs & road markings carefully and always give way to vehicles on your right.
Always park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving valuables in your car.
It is against our laws to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs and there are also laws for driving without due care and attention.
You should also avoid driving and using cell phones. Please pull off the road and use your phone if necessary.
GPS units are available for rental. Maps are also available free of charge. If you need to use a road map, pull off the road and read the map and then resume driving. Do not attempt to read and drive at the same time.
Visitors, like all Barbadians, are expected to obey all road signs and pay attention to road markings.
In the unfortunate event of an accident, call Drive-A-Matic Car Rentals immediately. The law requires all accidents to be reported within 24 hours. Do not admit any liability.
The emergency services numbers are: Police 211, Ambulance 511, Fire Service 311.