1. What is the speed limit in Nantucket?
The standard speed limit in most residential areas in Nantucket is 30 mph. However, there may be areas where the speed limit can go as low as 20 mph, especially in school zones. On highways, the limit can go up to 55 mph.
2. What side of the road do you drive on in Nantucket?
In Nantucket and the rest of the United States, vehicles are driven on the right-hand side of the road.
3. Do I need a specific driving license to drive in Nantucket?
An International Driving Permit (IDP), together with your original driver's license (written in English), is generally acceptable for driving in Nantucket.
4. Are there many radars in Nantucket?
There are several speed radars scattered around Nantucket to ensure that drivers adhere to the specified speed limits. In some areas, there are automated radar units that issue fines directly to speeding drivers.
5. Are there toll roads in Nantucket?
No, there are no toll roads in Nantucket.
6. Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of in Nantucket?
Yes, in Nantucket there are certain unique driving rules. For instance, it is mandatory to turn on headlights when windshield wipers are in use.
7. How heavy is traffic usually in Nantucket?
Traffic in Nantucket tends to be heavier during the summer months when tourists flock to the island. Outside of that period, traffic is relatively light.
8. Is drowsy driving regulated in Nantucket?
Yes, it is illegal to drive in Nantucket if you are impaired, which includes being too tired to operate your car safely.
9. What should I do in case of a car breakdown in Nantucket?
If your car breaks down, you should move your car off the road if possible, and put on your flashing hazard lights. It's recommended to contact your car rental company for further assistance.
10. How do I deal with emergency vehicles while driving in Nantucket?
In Nantucket, motorists are required to pull over to the side of the road and allow for emergency vehicles to pass if they have their sirens or lights on.
11. How should I react when a school bus is stopped with its lights flashing in Nantucket?
Motorists in both directions must stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing. You must remain stopped until the lights stop flashing and the bus moves again.
12. What are the regulations regarding child car seats in Nantucket?
Children under the age of 8 or less than 57 inches tall must be secured in a child safety seat or booster seat when inside a car.
13. How should I react to animals on the road while driving in Nantucket?
If an animal enters the road, slowdown and allow it to cross. Use your horn to scare it away if necessary, but never swerve suddenly as you might lose control of your car or hit another vehicle.
14. Are there any specific vehicle equipment requirements for driving in Nantucket?
All cars on the road in Nantucket must have functioning seat belts, turn indicators, brake lights, headlights, wipers, and a horn.
15. Are roundabouts common in Nantucket? How are they navigated?
Roundabouts are quite common in Nantucket; you always navigate counterclockwise, yield to traffic already in the circle, stay in your lane within the roundabout, signal your exit and exit carefully at your desired point.