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When you rent a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will need to drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. It is mandatory for you to wear your seatbelt when driving, and drunk driving is illegal. You will notice that local drivers will frequently use their horns as greetings, not warnings. Driving around the island is simple, as there is one major road that encircles the island—which starts at Basseterre—and a single road that cuts down to the southern peninsula.
If you plan to rent a car in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will need to be at least 25 years old. You must be in possession of a full driving license, and you must also purchase a local driver’s license when you go to pick up your rental car. The Saint Kitts and Nevis license costs around 67 XCD (25 USD) and is valid for three months. Drivers are required to carry a valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance documents at all times.
When you fill up your tank in Saint Kitts and Nevis, you will find that the average price of petrol is 2.65 XCD (0.98 USD) per liter and 3.92 USD per gallon. Petrol stations on the islands are very small; however, there are plenty located on both islands. Most petrol stations either stay open until 10:00 pm or 24h.
Because Saint Kitts and Nevis are small islands, you will find that the speed limits are considerably lower than elsewhere in the world. The national maximum speed limit is 63 km/h (40 mph). The speed limit for urban areas is 31 km/h (20 mph), while outside of built-up areas the maximum speed limit is 63 km/h (40 mph).