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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Dominikana - Driving Nuances

1. Drivers in the Dominican Republic can be characterized as having somewhat reckless driving style. They rarely pay attention to traffic signs, rarely give way to other motorists, and usually behave very confident on the road.
2. Foreign drivers will certainly feel the lack of traffic lights on local streets. Quite often, there are signal flashlights instead of traffic lights on the street. It is worth noting that neither traffic lights nor flashlights draw much attention of local drivers. They can safely pass a red light, or vice versa, stop very suddenly in the very middle of the road.
3. The control over the implementation of traffic regulations in the Dominican Republic is not as strict as in other countries. However, foreign visitors should not take risks, and they are recommended to follow all traffic regulations carefully and pay attention to traffic signs. Local police officers can forgive minor traffic violations if they are made by local people. Foreign visitors should not count on that.

Nuances of Car Rental in Dominikana

To save on your rental, we advise to book your car in advance. You will save the most if you do this several weeks or even several months prior to your trip. Rental offices in Dominikana usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period.

When looking for an exotic car (cabriolet, minivan or limousine), we advise to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice comparing to offices in urban areas.

Upon receipt of invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, please compare the obtained data with your voucher. Quite often, employees of rental offices in Dominikana try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Dominikana in a correct way. Prior to leaving the office, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of a non-compliance found, place a demand for correction to the rental officer.

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4. The police are very concerned about the use of seat belts. In the Dominican Republic drivers can easily exceed the permitted speed, pass a red light, cut in front of other vehicles, but they will never start moving with the unfastened seat belt.
5. However, there is a surprising fact – there are no specific rules regarding the transportation of small children in the car. Safety of children is left at sole discretion of their parents.
6. It is strictly forbidden to talk on a cell phone while driving. This rule is also strictly controlled.
7. While staying in the country, foreign drivers should completely refrain from using alcoholic beverages. If during a police check the breath test results are not satisfactory, it will be impossible to avoid punishment.
8. Local pedestrians have literally "conquered" their priority at traffic lights and crossroads (and not only at them). They can cross the road in any place, without paying any attention to vehicles nearby. Motorists should take into account this peculiarity in behavior of local residents. In case of an accident with a pedestrian involved, the driver is likely to be considered guilty.
9. The quality of roads in the Dominican Republic is poor. Even locals do not dare to drive on some roads at night. Many roads do not have asphalt covering, and on many roads asphalt surface starts as unexpectedly as ends. Taking into consideration the fact that many roads are not lit, it is safe to say that foreign visitors should drive in the daytime only.
10. There are incredibly many motorcycles and scooters in the Dominican Republic. Their number is significantly more than the number of cars. As a rule, two-wheeled transport has no fender lights, so for car drivers motorcycles and scooters can be very dangerous. Before you open the car door, make sure there is no moped or motorcycle approaching.
11. Horse-drawn carts are also not rare on local roads. Large carts often move on busy roads. As a rule, carts are very slow and their drivers pay absolutely no attention to other traffic participants.
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