Traffic on Curaçao
Traffic rules in Curaçao
The traffic rules in Curaçao differ from what people in the Netherlands will be accustomed to in traffic. On Curaçao mainly Dutch traffic signs are used and also Dutch road signs are on the road surface.
Because the traffic rules are different (more the American system) it might sometimes come across as strange. The most important priority rule is that at the T-junction the traffic driving straight ahead always has priority (unless otherwise indicated by priority signs), traffic coming left and right from side roads does not have priority here. At equal crosses, where it is not regulated with priority signs, the right has priority.
However, there is generally room when this is kindly requested (in case of eye contact and the appropriate gestures) when you want to get on the road in a busy situation. It is neat to thank them then (horn, lights blinking or waving ). It is very much appreciated.
Around the peak hours traffic jams can occur. Mainly the Caracasbaaiweg, which is the connection between Jan Thiel and Punda, can be quite busy. On Ringweg (Schottegatweg), around Willemstad, there is also a lot of traffic and the corresponding traffic lights.
Just like in America, the principle is "Stay in your lane". It is often easier to maintain the second lane when there are several lanes available, then the traffic on the right lane can enter and exit and yes ... you also pass right.
The system needs some getting used to, but you will find that driving in Curaçao is quite easy to do. Important is, keep your distance! Because traffic in front of you can sometimes suddenly be slowed down to stop at the side of the road or in response to crossing animals.