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Driving in US Virgin Islands
 
 
 

Driving in the US Virgin Islands is on the left side of the road. Vehicles are typical American cars with left side steering. This poses some interesting challenges, because most of the cars come from the states and have their steering wheel on the left side, not on the right like they do in the UK. On the more mountainous islands like St. John, driving on the left means that sometimes you, the driver, have a particularly terrifying view of the sheer cliff you might plunge off of if you don't keep the wheels in the right place.

Large and numerous potholes, unmarked one-way streets, very narrow two-ways streets, and a high incidence of drunk driving accounts for the relatively high accident rate among American drivers on the USVI. As such, one should always pay extra attention when driving and watch out for drivers who drive on the wrong side of the road.

There is a rudimentary highway numbering system. Roads are marked with circular signs. Numbers beginning with 1 and 2 are used on St. John, with 3 and 4 on St. Thomas and 5 to 7 on St. Croix. Roads are not very well marked (some are not marked at all!) and designations can be confusing. Some roads simply dead-end, or end at an unmarked intersection. Signage can suddenly disappear without warning; for example, heading south on Route 40 into Charlotte Amalie, signage is nowhere to be found as you are shuttled onto one-way streets. It is not uncommon to come to a junction where one must turn to stay on the current road. Locals are more likely to know the names of the roads; conversely, tourist maps usually emphasize the numbers.

The speed limit is 35 kph (20 mph) in towns and 55 kph (35 mph) elsewhere. Drivers and their front seat passengers are required by law to wear seat belts.

Valid US and international driver's licences can be used while visiting the USVI for up to 90 days.

 

 
 

 



 


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