Visiting Mauritius by car is one of the best ways to discover the paradise island. In Mauritius you drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right. It may be difficult for some to change road side. The easy-going way of life and the friendliness of the Mauritians can also be seen when they are driving. When asking for the way they might just go in front of you to make sure you do not get lost.
Even though everything is easy there are some traffic rules which should be observed:
Speed limits: In towns you are only allowed to drive 40 km/h. The „Speed Zone – 40 km/h“signs show that speed limitation. On highways the speed limit is 80 km/h and on the motorway it is 110 km/h
Roundabouts: When driving on the motorway you will find many roundabouts. Drivers who arrive at the roundabout give way to those who are driving in it. As long as you would like to stay at the motorway you can stay at both lanes. If you would like to leave the motorway to turn to the left you should change to the left lane and if you wish to leave the roundabout at the third exit just take the right lane. It sounds a bit complicated, but most of the time there are signs at the street which show which lane to pick and during rush hour the police will control the traffic.
Parking: Except for the cities Port Louis, Rose Hill, Curepipe and Quatre Bornes public parking is free of charge and easy accessible, but in those cities parking is only possible with ticket. Those tickets can be bought at petrol stations. They are valid for either an half-hour or one hour and will be filled by the driver when he parks the car. There are two different zones and depending on the zone parking is either 10 or 20 Rupees an hour. In Port Louis we advise you to park your car in Caudan Waterfront. It costs 50 Rupees an hour, but it is much more relaxed. The parking lot can easily be found and you won’t have to go into the city with all the traffic.
Refuelling: Petrol stations are usually easy to find. Nevertheless there are almost no 24/7 stations so you better refill the tank before going on a trip at night. The only one 24/7 stations is Indian Oil Filling Station situated at A3, Petite Riviere.
Drive slow and enjoy the scenery !
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