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Intermediate (Dacia Duster or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Réunion.
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Réunion generally follows French driving laws. They drive on the right and the blood alcohol limit is 0.05%. Even with their storm drains, heavy rains can cause landslides that lead to road closures during cyclone season. This is especially true on the island's mountain roads. Outside of these situations, driving conditions in Réunion are usually very good and you'll find driving along the coastal motorways easy. It can get quite busy in the summer months. You may find that you prefer to park on the outskirts of Saint-Denis, as this is where traffic will be busiest. There'll usually be more manual vehicles available, so if you want an automatic, book well in advance.
You'll usually need to be at least 21 years old to book car hire in Réunion. Some Réunion car hire companies will also charge a 'young drivers fee' to drivers under 25. You may also find that certain vehicle types, such as luxury cars, cannot be booked if you are under 25. You should bring your driving licence and International Driving Permit when you pick up the vehicle. You'll also need your debit or credit card and may be asked for additional ID such as your passport.
Petrol costs around €6.80 (£5.90) per gallon and roughly €1.70 (£1.50) per litre. Petrol stations are relatively easy to find, especially along the coastal roads. Bear in mind that there aren't any petrol stations right next to the airport, so if you need to return your car with a full tank, make sure you know where the closest station on your route is.
The speed limit in Réunion is most often 50 km/h (30 mph) in cities and 90 km/h (55 mph) on rural roads. As you drive up into the mountains, you'll often find the speed limit drops to 30 km/h (18 mph). On the highway, you can usually drive up to 110 km/h (68 mph). Due to Réunion's small size and varied geography, speed limits can change quickly, so always keep a close watch for signs. Additionally, you should be prepared to drive below the speed limit in heavy rain.
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