Is it recommended to hire a car whilst in Barbados? If so how much is it approx?
A traffic island is a 'roundabout' imagine a circle with roads going off it at each quarter and you have to give way to the traffic coming around the island and nip across or turn into a road when the road is clear - I bet that's as clear as mud to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plus don't forget rental cars all have the infamous H on the license plate. People generally allow the H plates the space they need.
Re maps: some of the roundabouts are relatively new, meaning just a few years old. I don't know when the most recent maps circulating were printed. That happens anywhere there's development going on. Western Miami has undergone so many changes recently, lots of development - whenever I go there and rent a car, I'm surprised how many new roads and buildings are there! Even near the Miami airport they have changed up a couple of those roads and junctions after the last hurricane - the Hertz rental counter directed me the correct way, as the old way I knew was no longer applicable!
My point really is that it happens anywhere. When you're driving in unfamiliar territory you have to be prepared for the map not to match the roads 100%. Not only that, but road construction, accidents etc. can cause you to have to detour off the planned route. Many of the roads in Barbados aren't marked that well, but it's hard to truly get lost, as all roads lead to a major road eventually where you can see by the bus stops if you're heading to town or away from it. You can also see the sea from many places, which can help orient you. Failing all that, almost anyone you ask for directions will cheerfully help you. It's not a big island, and if you allow yourself plenty of driving and "get lost" time, you will be fine.
However, if not knowing exactly where you are going is going to stress you too much, then take taxis and tours. You are on vacation! Only you know yourself well enough to determine if you can handle driving your own car.
roundabouts are traffic circles. some are larger than others.. some make perfectly good sense, while others really are rather stupid and we often wonder why they are there... In Barbados they have slightly different rules than anywhere else. they are supposed to "ease" the flow of traffice, but I'm not sure they do that.
We are from VA and travel in Washington, DC daily. Traffic circles here (roundabouts in Barbados). Here, with traffic lights and going counter-clockwise always seem much more difficult than doing the roundabouts in Barbados.
At the moment they are traffic-light free and go clockwise. My husband does much better there with them than he does in our area.
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