Driving across different types of streets in the United States is a completely different experience in itself. Having a car by your side is one of the prime necessities of exploring a country as vast as the USA. Since driving rules vary across all states in the USA, all travelers need to be extra careful while traveling from one state to another. If you are traveling to any particular state in the country, it is best to gather all information regarding driving rules and regulations in that particular state. The below driving tips and rules will certainly be of help on your next trip to the United States.
The minimum driving age is 18 years and the minimum car rental age is 21 years. However, the rental age limit may vary based on the car rental company as well as the state in which you are driving.
All drivers in the United States are required to carry licenses valid for a minimum of 1 year to be able to drive around; the same applies for rental cars.
In the USA, to drive your rental car you need a valid driver’s license, irrespective of the issuing country. Foreign license holders might be required to present their International Driving Permits (IDP).
You will find speed mentioned as well as measured in mph i.e. miles per hour. The maximum speed limit in most of the states is 65- 70 mph. It is also very important to keep a check on the road signs as speed limits vary across different states.
In majority of the states, the permitted limit of alcohol in the blood while driving is 0.08 mg per 100 ml of blood. The allowable amount of alcohol varies across all states and hence it is better to not drink and drive at all.
Child safety rules vary from one state to another in the US. Appropriate restraints are compulsory for all children under the age of 6 years. Children under 16 years of age have to wear a seat belt and can only be seated in the back seat.
Before leaving your vehicle, make sure that you are familiar with the parking rules of that particular state.
Usually, the peak season for tourists runs through May to September. As the vast and tremendous spread of the country offers a variety of different climates and seasons across different states, which is why the USA is worth visiting anytime throughout the year. Whereas, the best time to visit also depends on the state and region you are planning to visit.