Proper Manners for Highway Driving

Proper Manners for Highway Driving

An important notice for a safe and comfortable ride

Basic Highway Rules

No mopeds No bicycles People stay out
Motorbikes under 125cc, bicycles and people are not allowed on the highway.

The highway is designed for motorized vehicles traveling at high speeds, and is very dangerous.

Tips for Highway Driving

The speed limit on Okinawa highways is 80 km/hr.
Obey the speed limit

It’s important to remain conscious of your speed and highway conditions. If weather or road conditions aren’t ideal, the speed limit may be lowered.

No driving on the shoulder Cruising lane Passing lane
Drive in the left-hand lane

On the highway, the left-hand lane is the cruising lane, and the right-hand lane is the passing lane. Please return to the cruising lane (left) as soon as you finishing passing.

Don’t veer into other lanes
Don’t veer into other lanes

Crossing into other lanes could cause an accident. Watch your lane and drive with caution!

The highway is a one-way street
The highway is a one-way street

U-turns, driving the wrong way and driving in reverse are illegal according to the law. In particular, driving the wrong way can have deadly consequences. Please don’t do it.

Keep ample distance between vehicles
Keep ample distance between vehicles

Keep ample distance away from the vehicle in front of you, in case they have to stop quickly, or something falls in front of your vehicle. When it’s raining, keep twice as far away and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Stopping on the highway can cause a collision
Stop on the shoulder of the left lane during emergencies

Stopping on the highway is prohibited, except in cases of circumventing danger or car trouble, etc. If you must stop due to an accident or unforeseen circumstances, please pull over on the shoulder of the left lane if possible.
Stopping on the highway puts yourself and other traffic in severe danger of a collision. If you become stopped on the highway due to an accident or car trouble, signal to any oncoming traffic and carefully retreat outside the guard rail.

Driving and Parking Manners

Don’t suddenly change course

When changing course or switching lanes, make sure to check in front and behind your vehicle, both through your rear-view mirror and a visual check, in order to stay safe.
If you accidentally cut someone off when changing course, they might jerk their steering wheel or slam on the brakes, leading to a high chance of an accident. It’s also dangerous to cut someone off entering or exiting a toll booth, service area or parking area.

Don’t litter

Throwing something on the road can cause an accident. Throw away your garbage at a service area.

Parking in a wrong-sized space is frowned upon

Please park in a space that fits your vehicle’s size, whether it’s oversized or compact.

  • Compact vehicles in compact spaces
  • Oversized vehicles in oversized spaces

Thank you for making the highway a wonderful, safe place for everyone!