Our Driving Tips series gives you the need-to-know advice for driving abroad!
Speed Limits in USA
Speed limits in the US vary depending on the state, so always read up on the differences depending on where you are visiting and travelling to. Generally, speed limits are clearly signposted so keep an eye out for what to stick to. You can find each speed limit by state here.
Important Road Signs
USA Driving Rules and Regulations
Driving in the USA is complicated by variations in driving laws from one state to the next. You should also bear in mind interstate rules of the road.
- Road signs are colour coded. The two most significant are those which are red/orange as these mean danger or stop, and those which are yellow, as these mean caution.
- In every single state, driving is illegal with a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08. The USA takes DUIs (Driving Under the Influence) extremely seriously, so be very careful at all times. If you plan on driving shortly after landing, be careful about drinking on the plane.
- Driving while distracted is also serious, constituting a primary offence in many states in the USA. This means that you could be ‘ticketed’ (fined) on the spot.
- Be wary of driving on freeways until you’re used to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
- Ultimately the best tips for Driving in the USA is to drive carefully or defensively. This means being aware of the potential for hazards and anticipating them, rather than just reacting to them.
What to Bring Along
Whilst an International Driving Permit (IDP) isn’t a requirement for Driving in the USA, the US government does recommend one as in the event of an accident an insurance company may insist upon seeing your IDP. Florida has repealed its law requiring an IDP, but it’s still a good idea to get one. You can get an IDP through your nation’s driving authority. In the UK though the best way is through the AA or RAC. Currently, the fee is £5.50.
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