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Driving in the Turks and Caicos Islands is a unique experience. While the rules of the road are strictly British, the physical layout takes elements from Caribbean, British and US systems. It is very important for visitors to the Islands to drive cautiously with the following information in mind. In Providenciales the main highway, Leeward Highway, is a well built two lane system. It runs from Downtown to Leeward then switches to a one lane system all the way to Heaving Down Rock Marina to the far east end of the island.
The speed limit is 40mph and you should always keep to the left lane unless overtaking or getting ready to turn right. Seatbelts are a legal requirement. When approaching a roundabout, always drive slowly and give way to the vehicle on your right.
Other main highways include Millennium Highway, a one lane paved system from Downtown to Wheeland, and Long Bay Highway, another one lane paved road running from Leeward Highway the length of Long Bay. Many of the smaller town roads, particularly in the populated Grace Bay area are also well built and easy to negotiate, although drivers should be aware that the speed limit can drop to 20mph and there are a number of speed bumps, often unmarked, to enforce these limits.
If you decide to explore the back roads of Providenciales you will find that many of them are unpaved, rocky and dusty. Only attempt to drive on these roads if you have a vehicle suited to these conditions. There are other options available to you if you are unable to drive yourself around.
Taxis are large and readily available. Call their office or ask your concierge to organise one to meet you. Buses are much cheaper and are also available in Providenciales on the main roads but are often unreliable and have no scheduled stops. Click here to rent a car in Turks and Caicos.