TRAFFIC TIPS • We drive on the left. • Note that we do have seatbelt laws and the fine for occupants not buckled in, is $250 per person. • Zebra crossings are pedestrian crosswalks with white stripes. Many are also broad speed bumps. • Keep a sharp eye out for many stray dogs and cats, which often cross Leeward Highway. Roundabouts Yield to the traffic on your right. On Leeward Highway, our roundabouts are entered and exited via double lanes of traffic. If you intend to turn right, enter from the inside lane, if you intend to turn left, enter from the outside lane. Driving Etiquette and Courtesy People from around the globe are driving on our roads, and they may or may not understand the rules. When you are travelling on Leeward Highway, stay on the left-hand lane unless passing. Take care driving on and walking beside our roads. Never drink and drive, nor use smartphones while driving. Driving at Dusk and After Dark Even though we drive on the left, many cars are from North America, with the driver on the left. The headlights may still be aligned to the right and tend to shine toward oncoming drivers so please dim your high beams when approaching oncoming traffic. Cyclists Please wear a helmet. We want you to be comfortable but safety is the main concern. Closed-toe shoes and something more than a bathing suit are also good ideas. Walk your bike, do not ride it, across zebra crossings, as drivers may not have enough time to react and stop for you. It’s perfectly acceptable to ride on the sidewalks, but do so with care. Stop for traffic entering and exiting side roads. Ride “with traffic” when cycling on the roads, on the left side. Ride on the left as far as possible, so that you are riding with, but not in, the flow of traffic. Avoid Leeward Highway, it is busy, and the lack of cycle and pedestrian lanes make it unequipped for cyclist safety. Scooters You must wear protective headgear when driving or riding on a scooter. A scooter is defined by TCI law as any vehicle with less than four wheels, which weigh less than 1,008 pounds, unladen. Do keep in mind that you are not as obvious as a car or truck, so take extra care, especially on roundabouts or as you turn onto Leeward Highway. HOLIDAY TIPS Attire Most of our restaurants have a relaxed attitude toward dress codes. The culture of the islands is conservative. Nudity is strictly forbidden on all public beaches. If you’re leaving the beach, it’s appropriate to (at least) don a beach coverup. Sunscreen We cannot stress this enough. Use sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 30 at least – and reapply regularly. A sunhat and cover up are also strongly advised. Keep hydrated with water and sports drinks to avoid increased chances of heat stroke. Electrolytes in effervescent form are great ways to regain nutrients lost from the heat. They are readily available at main island pharmacies.
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