Everything you need to know about renting a car in the Dominican Republic

     

     

    Everything you need to know about renting a car in the Dominican Republic - what documents are needed to rent a car in the Dominican Republic, how much it costs, and what you need to look out for on Dominican roads - We talk about all this in the article.

    Hotel guides who meet tourists at the airport, often like to pressure their guests and dissuade them from independent travel around the island. This is understandable. If all tourists were so independent, who will buy their excursions from them?

    But we can assure you that renting a car in the Dominican Republic is not so intimidating, and certainly not at all difficult.

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    WHAT DO YOU NEED TO RENT A VEHICLE IN DOMINICANA?

    • International passport and photocopy
    • Driver's license
    • At least 21 or 25 years years of age (depending on conditions of the rental office)

    COST

    The prices for car rentals depend on:

    • Season
    • Vehicle class
    • Lease Term
    • Rental office

    The cost of a rental starts at $ 50 per day. The daily cost of a weekly rental will be a little less.

    In addition, to rent a vehicle, you will need a credit card with the amount of 300-400 dollars as collateral. Or you can leave a cash deposit of about 200 dollars.

    TIPS WHEN RENTING A VEHICLE

    • Before you sign a contract, ask to do a test drive of the car to make sure it is working satisfactorily.
    • Carefully inspect the car and photograph every scratch with your phone to avoid misunderstandings in the future with the rental office.
    • In the Dominican Republic, American cars are very common. The mileage is noted in miles.
    • In the high tourist season it is better to arrange a lease in advance.

    INSURANCE

    Usually, the rental price includes insurance against theft and accidents, but sometimes the contract is drawn up in such a way that in the event of an accident, the client will have to cover part of the costs. So make sure that the insurance says "seguro ful" - that is, full insurance.

    FUEL

    Fuel in the Dominican Republic is sold in gallons. One gallon (3,7 liters) costs from 5-6 dollars.

    The average price of a tank is 11 gallons - 2800 pesos ($ 60)

    ROADS IN DOMINICAN: PAYMENT, RULES, PAYING FINES

    PAYMENT

    The quality of most roads in the Dominican Republic will surely surprise you.

    At the same time, when heading out on the road, it is necessary to take into account that the majority of Dominican roads are toll roads. Payment is accepted in local currency - peso. So be sure to exchange some money before starting your trip.

    Payment is collected at special protected payment points, which are called "riahi". Payment can be charged in the amount of 25 to 300 pesos (from 50 cents to 6 dollars).

    RULES, PENALTIES

    Traffic rules in the Dominican Republic are monitored by AMET employees (Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte). They are easy to recognize by their light green uniforms.

    Most often fines are issued for not fastening the seat belt, speeding, or talking on the mobile phone. The speed limits in the city are usually 25 and 60 mph. On the road – observe posted speed limits.

    Penalty for breaking the rules is usually 1000 - 2500 pesos (25-50 dollars). The violation is determined on the spot and the penalty is paid through BanReservas.

    In the Dominican Republic there are no strict rules concerning alcohol and driving. So having a beer before getting on the road is not prohibited. However, we urge you to be cautious driving.

    On the roads, there are jeeps with flashing lights and MOPC (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones) written on them. They are also there for order and security but this department does not deal with fines. You can always ask them for help and directions.

    FEATURES OF DOMINICAN DRIVING

    The rules on Dominican roads are more or less the same as in other countries but when traveling by car, it is important to take into account local peculiarities:

    • In the Dominican Republic, right turns on red are permitted
    • Dominican drivers often neglect the use of a turn signal, and in cases where it is defective, they wave their hand in the direction of the turn.
    • The main problem on the roads in populated areas is the motorcyclists. They do not know the rules and regulations. Driving in oncoming lanes is a frequent phenomenon on Dominican roads.
    • Passing through the countryside, carefully look around - animals and even children can appear suddenly on the road.
    • In many cities of Dominican Republic, speed bumps are almost everywhere. However, they don't always go hand-in-hand with warning signs. Be careful while driving as speed bumps and gutters that are fairly common on roads.
    • Many roads in the Dominican Republic are poorly lit. Therefore, when traveling at night, beware of animals running out onto the road, unexpected motorcyclists and large pot holes. And do not be surprised that the Dominicans drive using high beam headlights.
    • And one last piece of advice: When you go on the road, take a Spanish dictionary with you or download it to your phone - it will help you out in a variety of situations.

    Well, now you know all there is to it. To rent a car - just write to us and we will arrange for you a reliable vehicle on the most favorable terms!

    The best to you and have a happy journey!

     Republica pro

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