Northern Mariana Islands Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Northern Mariana Islands
Saipan drives on the right. Its a small Island – about 12.5 miles long and 5.5 miles wide and has a total land area of 46.5 square miles with 8 communities – Garapan and Chalan Kanoa are the principal urbanized areas. Roads are generally in good condition. Most roads in urban areas are paved and some are dual-lane. However, some roads are made from crushed coral and driving when the roads are even slightly wet can be as slippery as driving on ice. The maximum speed limit is 45 mph with slower speeds regulated by law within school zones and congested areas. Speed laws are strictly enforced and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in severe penalties. However Saipan does have a problem with young drivers who haven’t taken a test and who may drive quickly and erratically. Saipan is prone to Typhoons -The season of most serious storms is from August to mid-December and they can be serious when they hit but they Island has a good monitoring system so you would be well warned if a storm was imminent.
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I’ve been unable to locate any car rental firms on Tinian or Rota
Northern Mariana Islands self drive rules-
Hertz say cars can’t be taken between Saipan and Tinian, Thrifty say cars can’t be taken off Saipan, the other companies don’t specify.