Driving on Curaçao.
Here on Curacao we do almost everything by car. That's for a reason; It's often way too hot to go on foot. There are bicycles and motorcycles, but the infrastructure is not really designed for them and the average Curacao driver is not used to it. Public transport is not organized the way you're used to, it doesn't take you everywhere and often doesn't drive at night. And taxis are expensive.
Participating in traffic is not so bad, despite all the stories you might have heard, provided you possess a bit of a relaxed "go with the flow" (holiday) mode (and of course have activated it!). In general, the islanders drive much more relaxed here than elsewhere in the world. (With the exception of a few idiots) And they are also more courteous; at busy intersections or side roads you will often be allowed to go first. Usually this is done by signaling with high beam and slowing down. It is customary to press your horn briefly as a thank you. Be aware that traffic might also come from the other side, so don't cross the road too eagerly.
As a tourist or trainee, it is useful to know a number of things:
If you don't remember, everyone has the right of way, except you!
So, don't place too much value on the indicators of your fellow road users.
The reality is that no one abides by it, so we advise to 'go with the flow'
Safe yourself a traffic-fine and comply!
You've got the clock; we've got the time!
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