Economy (Suzuki Swift or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Jamaica.
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Travelers who choose to rent a car in Jamaica are advised to exercise more caution than they might when driving at home, due to congested traffic and poor road conditions outside major cities in Jamaica. Driving is on the left and road conditions vary greatly. You will find the well-signed and well-maintained "A" highway that circles the island, as well as forgotten mountain roads.
Most agencies require drivers to be at least 23 years old to rent a car in Jamaica. This may, however, increase to 25 for some agencies—for example, National. Others are willing to accept 21-year-old drivers for a daily surcharge; at Island Car Rental, for example, there is a young driver surcharge of approximately 781 JMD (6 USD) per day. In general, a driver must have held his or her license for a minimum of one year. English-language domestic licenses are acceptable in most cases for a short-term rental.
Petrol prices in Jamaica are charged by the British gallon, which is a larger unit of measurement than the American gallon. While petrol is readily available in cities, fueling stations can be much farther apart outside urban areas. It is always wise to fill up when a chance presents itself. Most petrol stations are full-service and take payment in cash only. Expect to pay around 736 JMD (5.70 USD) per gallon of petrol.
The speed limit system in Jamaica is relatively straightforward, with only two major limits in operation: 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban or residential areas and 80 km/h (50 mph) outside these areas.
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