An Irreverent View of our Island Driving
Anyone will tell you that Saint Lucia has its own style of driving - and roads for that matter! Renting a car is a great way to see the island, but you’ll need to keep a few of our idiosyncrasies in mind, and always drive with caution. Way back in 1989, TT used to give the following Lucian driving guidelines, and on review, they seem to be pretty darned accurate even 25 years later, so buckle up, enjoy and don’t take us too seriously!
Always overtake up a hill, especially if you are going up a hill round a bend. Don’t dip your headlights at any cost; you might avoid blinding someone. If you are turning left, indicate to turn right, or don’t indicate at all. Better still, put on both hazard-warning lights – that will really confuse your fellow drivers! Pull out onto a main road without bothering to look left and right – jus go for it and cross your fingers. Drive as fast as you can in all weather conditions. Keep as close to the car in front as you can. When doing this at night don’t forget to have your headlights on glare. If you see an attractive female or male at the roadside, slow down and give them the eye, but never look in your mirror to see if there are any cars behind you. Always overtake when you have the urge; remember Saint Lucians’ own rules of the road – when in doubt, overtake! Remember that if you drive a transport (bus) or a truck you own the road, so don’t dig nothing with all these other cars! Most important of all, Friday night is fun night, so put on your indicators, hazards and headlights on full beam, foot hard on the accelerator and drive like a maniac till your heart’s content!
Weird & Wonderful Factoid: Did you know many Saint Lucian drivers take their cars to local rivers for a good wash at the weekend? Don't worry, they aren't stranded!