Are you new to driving in the United States? If you are visiting and planning on renting a car, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules of the road, and ensure you have a basic understanding of US traffic laws. While many laws may be similar to those that you are used to, you may also notice a few differences. Here is some advice from VroomVroomVroom to help you enjoy a safe road trip in the States.
In most states, the speed limit is 65mph except where signs show slower or faster speeds. Distances and speed limits are measured in miles per hour (mph). Remember that states with wide open freeways usually have higher speed limits. On the other hand, smaller states with higher populations and busier freeways have the slower maximum speed limits.
Know the maximum and minimum speed limits in the USA here.
Nearly all states require the driver and front passengers to wear seat belts, except in New Hampshire, where only passengers under the age of 18 must buckle up. Note that seat belt laws for adults may vary from state to state.
Click here to know the difference between primary and secondary enforcement.
States like California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, Hawaii, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and West Virginia prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. Keep in mind that there are various laws that regulate the use of mobile phones.
For more cell phone restrictions, read here.