|Car Rental USA
|Driving Rules & Tips :
If you drive in the USA, remember driving is on right hand side of
Each of the 50 states has its own set of traffic laws and regulations,
so when you rent a car, make sure to check a tour book for any special
driving rules in each state.
Dual carriageways: 65mph
built-up areas: 50-65mph
In front of every school: 15 mph
The minimum age for driving is 16 in most states but some states will
not allow unrestricted driving until 18. Some car rental agencies
refuse to rent a car to any person less than 25 years of age.
There are large amounts of road tolls in various locations throughout
There are extensive systems of interstate highways and state maintained
roads around the USA. All major interstate highways running north
to south have odd numbers and are ordered from I-5 on the Pacific
coast to I-95 along the Atlantic coast.
Most states require motorcyclists to wear helmets.
- Look at maps and plan your route thoroughly. Check for online
maps and route planning systems.
- American Automobile Association Benefits
The American Automobile Association (AAA), commonly called the
"triple A", provides some wonderful services to drivers.
They have offices in every city and most of the larger towns in
the US. If you are a member of a national motor club in your home
country, you can receive many of their benefits free of charge
by simply showing your membership card. The AAA provides free
maps and tourist
guides for any city or state in the US. Many hotels offer discounted
rates to AAA members. If you do not have a motor club membership
in your home country, you can purchase an AAA membership at any
office in the US for $39.
- Check your insurance for expiration dates and coverage for
- Seat belt
Most of the states have laws requiring the driver and front passengers
to wear seat belts. In addition, they require children to wear
seat belts even in the back seats.