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Driving in Mauritius

Probably in Mauritius, the best way to discover the island is by car and to drive along the beautiful Mauritian coastline.

Mauritius has an incredible infrastructure built up for drivers

There are three main types of roads you’ll see on the island while searching for most attractions.

  • The Highways (M1, M2, etc) – Although most are not highways in the traditional sense from Western views, these roads often have multiple lanes, a speed limit of over 100 km/hr, and are well lit with plenty of easy-to-follow signs.  The island has undergone many expansions of these roads in recent years and it is not uncommon for a new highway to be installed in less than one year!

2) Primary Roads – Most all roads on the island fall into this category, consisting of single lane roads with a speed limit of 60-80 km/hr.  The roads have fine pavement, painted lane dividers (most of the time), but lack sidewalks so you may be passing some locals as you go.  Most mountain roads also fall into this category but may be a bit narrower and require slower passing.

3) Secondary Roads – If you get lost, or your GPS takes you on some extreme back roads, you may end up on some secondary roads that may have potholes and are a bit bumpy. These are nothing too terrible to drive over if going slow, and you could go an entire trip without seeing them, as they are quite infrequent.

Drive on the left of the road

Whilst priority is given to vehicles coming from the right, cars are driven on left side of the road.

Speed limitation

On the main open roads 80 km/hr, whilst in the inside roads and villages, there is a speed limit of 40 km/hr. We can drive at an average speed of 100km/hr on the highway. One should take notice of the speed signs, as there are cameras and radars

Roundabouts

You will surely notice many roundabouts across the motorway and consequently the drivers must give way to those are driving in it. Fro those who want to leave the motorway, you should change to the left and for those who want to leave the roundabout, you should take the right lane and also there will be signage on the road to guide you.

For safe driving

Safety driving is vital for anyone of us and there are safety measures that are to be taken. Firstly seat belts must be worn at all times when travelling (including rear passengers). Secondly as we all know drink and drive is not appropriate. In Mauritius, it is severely punished with heavy fines by the police authority if there are more than 50mg of alcohol in your bloodstream. Thirdly the use of mobile phone is strictly prohibited while driving and is liable to fine.

Driving at night is a bit risky as the headlights may confuse you. An example could be ; sometimes it can be a vehicle with two working headlights

Driving at night is not recommended, as there can be confusion of headlights. For example, one headlight coming towards you could mean a car, a two-wheeler, or a truck. Sometimes, two headlights can be a vehicle with two working headlights or even two motorbikes overtaking each other.

Heavy Traffic

Hours of heavy traffic: 07:30am – 09:30am, and 15:00pm – 18:00pm. It is advisable to avoid the Port Louis area and the entrance and exits of the main cities.

Fuel / Petrol

All petrol stations provide diesel and unleaded fuel. Opening hours for petrol stations are from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm (Monday to Sunday). There are some petrol stations who open 24/7.

Parking

Parking is payable in main cities like Port-Louis,Rose-Hill, Curepipe and Quatre Bornes if you have your tickets with you but in other places, it is free of charge. You can buy these tickets in every petrol station to gain access to parking in cities. These tickets are valid either for half an hour or one hour and this card need to be filled.

They are valid for either a 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/ 20 Rupees an hour.

 

 

 

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