Some of the roads in Saint Martin can be narrow and windy and therefore it is advisable to drive with caution, but the panoramas are certainly worth it.
Tips for driving in Saint Martin
Which side of the road do they drive on?
Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
If fitted, seat belts must be worn at all times by all occupants of the vehicle.
Driving with children
Children under 12 must not travel in the front seat of the vehicle whilst children under 4 are required to use a child restraint system suitable for their size and weight.
Blood alcohol limit
The blood alcohol limit is 50mg alcohol per 100ml blood.
Can I use a mobile?
It’s illegal to use a mobile unless you have a hands-free kit. Fines can be as high as €730.
Be wary of cars stopping suddenly in front of you to allow for other merging cars.
Watch out for livestock which may enter the road in remote parts of the island. According to traffic law, cows have the right-of-way on the island.
The roads can be extremely slippery when wet so take extra care in wet weather.
Parking and fuel
Be careful when parking around Philipsburg and the airport as local towing companies are enthusiastic and charges for the release of the vehicle can be high.
The price at fuel stations will be displayed in different currencies depending on which side of the island you are on; either Antillean Guilder on the Dutch side or Euros on the French side.
Horns and headlights
It is customary for drivers to use their horns to greet each other.
What should I do if I breakdown?
If you breakdown, call the supplier who will be able to advise you further. It is recommended you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you’re in an accident, you MUST notify the Police and the car rental provider and get an accident report for insurance purposes. Failure to do so may result in you footing the whole bill. It is recommended that you contact ourselves at the same time to ensure you follow the correct procedure.