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islandj
12-24-2009, 09:42 AM
For everyone coming to the island soon please be aware that we have been having some real bad car crashes here this last month. Less then a week ago 4 people were killed by the windmill in a huge crash around 5am, also about 2 weeks before that another 3 people in a bad crash. If this will be your 1st trip here and will be renting a car please drive around durning the daytime to get use to the area and the way the roads go. Remember if you are unsure stay in the right lane, some people go way to fast here and will run you down if your in the way. Also durning the holidays be extra careful durning the night and early morning due to all the parties and people drinking. Please drive safe and have fun.

NealNearNorth
12-25-2009, 11:59 AM
To be more specific, there is a driving situation Americans are not always familiar with. Several of the larger streets have a lane in each direction, then a divider, then another lane in each direction. So, you often see two different lights that are NOT timed together. Prime examples near both Eagle Beach and Palm Beach (the dreaded light at Wendy's). So, you may go through one light, then wait a car length later for another. Also, be sure you are looking at the FIRST light, then the 2nd one, and not driving through, based on the signal color of the 2nd light.

There are now police monitoring speed for the first time I've ever seen, and lit up signs saying the speed limits, which were 80 kph on one "highway", 60 on the other.

Lastly, please know that there is no turn on red in Aruba, at ALL.

sandyfootprints
12-28-2009, 01:26 PM
It's also a good idea to get to know the road signs which are different from those in the US. It's best if drivers don't leave the car rental agency before figuring out what the signs mean.

Andrea J.
12-28-2009, 06:18 PM
i have learned the hard way 2x
no right turn n red after coming to a full stop

got pulled over 2x within 24 hrs for going right on red
stopped by the same cop
thank goodness he was considerate