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Old April 13th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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Hi. We were there in early March. The car we got from Avis had the steering wheel on the left. It was a Kia Forte. My husband commented that he would have preferred right hand steering also, but he did fine with what we got. At least you can see how close to the curb you are!! I am guessing that St. Croix, being a U.S. territory, gets their cars from the U.S., hence the steering wheels are on the left! I suppose you could contact both companies to see if they have anything other than that type of car. Other than taking a bad, gutted route north to find a lighthouse that ended up not being visible from the road, we had a fairly easy time driving around the island, and enjoyed it very much. If you have a handheld GPS unit that covers the U.S. (although I see you're Canadian!), you might want to check to see if it has the USVI included on it. Mine did, which was helpful. We were able to get to Christiansted, which we loved, and also to a couple other places like the botanical gardens, and then back to Frederiksted by maybe 3pm. We did get confused once, and pulled over to look at a map, but then someone pulled up next to us and asked if we needed help. Their directions turned out to be excellent. Once again, in a town, we were looking dazed and confused and a gentleman called over to see if we needed help. There seem to be very friendly, helpful people on St. Croix!

If you get to Christiansted, you can go find the web cam, call your friends at home, and pose. It's a fairly good one - and should be able to find it by Googling.

Here are my notes (pre-trip) re car rental, etc.:

Car rental & gas reasonable. We have reservation for Avis (see p-o) for 9. They are in greenish, colorful building behind Custom House with “N2” sign. 70D King Street, in N2 Blue Diving Adventures building just 100ft from dock. Driving is on left and steering wheel on left. Signage on island stinks so ask agent for directions/maps. No bus service Sunday. Greetings are important. Say "good morning." There are self-guided driving tours that point out plantation ruins, Christopher Columbus' landing site from second voyage, etc. Speed limit 35 in rural areas 20 in towns, & 55 on open portions of route 66.

As to the "ask agent for maps" reference, we found a tourism rep at a table as we walked through the port area on the way out to the Customs House and town. When she heard we had rented a car, she went into the little building near by and came back with a good island map (had St. Thomas on back) and booklet. Look for her (or him if appropriate) to make your life easier while driving!

Sorry if I'm repeating stuff I wrote before...and good luck.

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Old April 13th, 2014, 05:51 PM
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We rented from Budget and the wheel was on the left. Also, we took a taxi in St. Croix once, and that vehicle's wheel was on the left, too.
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All cars on St. Croix have the steering wheel on the left. Have never, in 16 years, seen one with the wheel on the right. But I still fine driving on the left side quite simple. Only right turns are a bit tricky!
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All cars on St. Croix have the steering wheel on the left. Have never, in 16 years, seen one with the wheel on the right. But I still fine driving on the left side quite simple. Only right turns are a bit tricky!
Thanks to you and others for your answers. I have always rented with the wheel on the right when driving on the left (Jamaica, Barbados, Grand Caymen, Australia) and done OK. Having the steering on the right reminds me I have to be attentive and careful. Not sure if I can deal with it being on the 'normal' side and still staying on the wrong side of the road.
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Thanks to you and others for your answers. I have always rented with the wheel on the right when driving on the left (Jamaica, Barbados, Grand Caymen, Australia) and done OK. Having the steering on the right reminds me I have to be attentive and careful. Not sure if I can deal with it being on the 'normal' side and still staying on the wrong side of the road.
I think a lot has to do with the countries affiliation. Those in the British Commonwealth have the steering wheel on the right? All others on the left?

An oddity is Canada, in the British Commonwealth, but drive on the right with the wheel on the left.
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I think a lot has to do with the countries affiliation. Those in the British Commonwealth have the steering wheel on the right? All others on the left?

An oddity is Canada, in the British Commonwealth, but drive on the right with the wheel on the left.
I don't think Canada has been affiliated with Britain for a LONG time - but agree with you that a country's affiliation has a lot to do with what country rules them, or used to rule them. Perhaps Canada just gets a lot of their cars from the U.S. (Detroit?) and that explains the steering wheel position.

In any case, at least when you're sitting on the left, you have a better sense of where the curb is, which is some Caribbean countries, can be a big plus as the roads are small - and car insurance doesn't cover damage to the tires!
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I don't think Canada has been affiliated with Britain for a LONG time - but agree with you that a country's affiliation has a lot to do with what country rules them, or used to rule them. Perhaps Canada just gets a lot of their cars from the U.S. (Detroit?) and that explains the steering wheel position.

In any case, at least when you're sitting on the left, you have a better sense of where the curb is, which is some Caribbean countries, can be a big plus as the roads are small - and car insurance doesn't cover damage to the tires!
I do think that Canada's geography and its proximity to the US and supply of US built automobiles does explain why they drive on the right with left wheel cars.

Canada is indeed a member of the British Commonwealth and in fact is a Realm, meaning that the head of the British Monarchy is considered the head of state in Canada. The Queen is on all Canadian currency.
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I do think that Canada's geography and its proximity to the US and supply of US built automobiles does explain why they drive on the right with left wheel cars.

Canada is indeed a member of the British Commonwealth and in fact is a Realm, meaning that the head of the British Monarchy is considered the head of state in Canada. The Queen is on all Canadian currency.
Thanks for the lesson in politics. All these years I thought it was totally independent. Guess I'm (almost) as clueless as the tech support person asking what state Washington, DC was in!
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