Compact (Class Compact Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the Dominican Republic.
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Dominicans drive on the right-hand side of the road. You will find when you drive in the Dominican Republic that the roads are rather busy, plus you will find toll road DR-7 from Santo Domingo. Using a mobile phone at the wheel of a car is forbidden, and wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for all passengers. You may turn right on a red light, and you need to give way to the vehicle that is on the bigger street.
To rent a car in the Dominican Republic, the minimum age is 21 years old. Drivers under 25 years old will need to pay an additional young driver fee of around 868 DOM (17 USD) per day. Be aware that your home country’s driving license is only valid for 30 days after your arrival in the Dominican Republic. You will always need to carry your license and your passport when you are driving.
You can expect to pay around 64 DOM (1.27 USD) per liter of petrol in the Dominican Republic. You will need to be aware that petrol stations close by 6:00 pm and often open for half a day on Sundays. In more rural areas, there are fewer petrol stations, so you will need to fill up your car near the larger towns and cities.
When you rent a car in the Dominican Republic, you will need to adhere to the local speed limits. On highways, the maximum speed limit is 120 km/h (74 mph), while on other roads you may drive up to 80 km/h (50 mph). When you drive in villages, the speed limit goes down to 40 km/h (25 mph).