Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Grenada?
Grenada is a fabulous and much under-rated island. Since its political troubles were sorted out, the island has focused on attracting more tourists.
The infrastructure in the holiday areas is excellent and it's only when you head inland and uphill that the ride becomes more challenging. On these roads which are often unpaved or just dirt tracks, a 4 x 4 is essential.
Seat Belt Laws
All occupants of a moving car are expected by law to wear seat belts whilst a car is moving in Grenada
Drinking and Driving
In Grenada, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 80mg for every 100ml of blood. Given the road conditions plus the driving skills of locals, it’s best not to drink and drive to that you can concentrate on surviving your journey!
Must Have Documents
You will need to have your driving licence and a local driving permit which can be arranged by taking your domestic licence to a local police station. You should also carry your registration of car hire documentation as well as proof of a minimum of third party insurance.
There are no speed limits for Grenada and hence no speed limit signs. Speed is dictated by the state of the road and you should always exercise caution.
Minimum Driving Age
You have to be at least 18 to be able to drive in Grenada. If you're renting a car the minimum age is 21 and you must have a year’s driving experience. If you’re under 25 years old, you may have to pay a premium for being an inexperienced driver. The maximum age for hiring a car is 65 years old.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
Safety camera warning devices are not necessary in Grenada – simply common sense!
On the Spot Fines
Break a traffic law in Grenada and you’ll be given a penalty notice detailing the offence and the fine to pay. There are instructions on when and where to pay it. Serious infringements can result in confiscation of your car and licence and potentially an overnight stay in jail.
Child Safety Rules
In Grenada, there are no specific laws for child safety restraints in vehicles. The onus is on the adults in the car to ensure that children are adequately restrained. We understand your concerns and, when you book your hire car, you should tell us the details of any children travelling with you and we will ensure that a suitable restraint system will be fitted.
A minimum of third party insurance is compulsory in Grenada and you must be able to prove it with a valid certificate.
Rules of the Road
Standard international driving laws apply with one or two exceptions.
• In Grenada, cars travel on the left hand side of the road
• Many roads are unpaved and twisting – consider hiring a 4 x 4 vehicle for safety
There are no laws governing towing in Grenada – just use common sense to make sure you are towing safely.
There are no fixed speed cameras in Grenada and hand held cameras are rarely used. Instead, if the police deem your speed to be excessive for the road conditions you’ll be stopped and charged with dangerous driving.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
It’s illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving unless you have a hands free kit.
Parking is very relaxed in Grenada and you simply need to be considerate in most places. There is greater control of parking in the capital St Georges but even there, it’s possible to park without trouble.
Most places don’t have paid parking because there’s plenty of free parking available. In the capital you’ll find enterprising locals charging for parking on their land but for much of the time it’s unnecessary.
There’s little enforcement of parking as much of it is free. As long as you don’t park inconsiderately you’ll be fine.
You won’t find concessions for disabled drivers – mainly because accessible parking is available in most places. If you need help, try to find a local – many are willing to help tourists out as tourism is important for the island’s economy.
Motor Way Signs
There are no motorways on Grenada and many of the roads are in poor condition.
English is the official language in Grenada and so you'll have no trouble communicating there.
You’ll only encounter traffic lights on rare occasions and mainly in the capital and other towns. They follow the standard international sequencing and are easy to negotiate.
There are no toll roads on Grenada
The emergency number in Grenada is 911
What to do in an emergency
If in a hire car you suffer mechanical problems, use the number given to you by the hire car agent for help. If you are driving a private vehicle, you should contact a local mechanic who is prepared to come to your assistance. You’ll often find that locals will stop to help those who seem to be in difficulty.
If you are involved in an accident where no one is injured and damage is slight there is no need to contact the police. If there is substantial damage or injuries then you will need to call the emergency services on 911. Whilst waiting for their arrival, try not to move the vehicles unless they are causing a danger to others. If they have to be moved, take photographs of the scene and collect witness details.
As of December 2014, the average price of 95 octane unleaded petrol in Grenada is £1.01 whilst diesel is 88p. Prices can vary between the capital and the smaller villages.