Are there any differences in Curaçao?
The traffic rules in Curaçao work almost the same as in the Netherlands. The big difference with the Netherlands is that they enforce slightly less strict on Curaçao and that it is a matter of granting each other. We have listed some important general traffic rules for you, including a number of traffic rules that differ from the Dutch ones.
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- In Curaçao we like to live in a calm flow and you can also notice this on the road. In principle you must overtake on the left, but on roads with separate carriageways and two or more lanes in each direction, overtaking is allowed on the right.
- At intersections, drivers from the right have right of way unless otherwise indicated by traffic signs.
- At T-junctions, a driver on the road that ends must give way to drivers on the through road. (Also on the right, so the right does not always have priority.)
- Drivers on a paved road have priority over drivers on an unpaved road.
- At normal roundabouts, drivers driving on the roundabout have right of way, just as it is usually arranged in the Netherlands. However, if there is no right of way sign and shark teeth at a roundabout, the same rules apply as for a regular intersection and drivers from the right have right of way. This means that drivers driving on the roundabout must give way to drivers who wish to enter the roundabout.
- You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving a car.
- When it rains, roads become particularly slippery in Curaçao. This has to do with the amount of oil on the road surface and if the road surface gets wet, the oil is extra slippery. Drivers are therefore advised to moderate their speed in rain or wet road surfaces and to keep a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front as their braking distance is considerably longer than normal.