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Driving Hints & Rules
For those of you who have not driven in the USA before, you will be aware that there are some little differences to help you understand these below are some helpful hints and rules.
For those of you who have already driven, read on you may learn something new!
If you have rented a car and are planning on leaving the state of Florida, always make sure that you make your car-rental company aware as there may be a clause in their contract.
Do NOT drink and drive – in Florida anyone found under the influence of alcohol automatially loses their licence and is jailed immediately!
As a rule in adverse weather (i. e. rain) if you wind screen wipers are on – then so should you headlights.
Car Rental Documents should be kept where you can access them easily at ALL times.
Lights should NOT be left on when the car is unattended.
Automatic cars must be in either “P” or “Park” in order to remove the key or start the engine.
Carry your Driving Licence at ALL times.
Wear Seat Belts at all times - passengers in both the front and back.
Park only in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
You are allowed to make a right turn at a red light (unless there is a signal for “no right turn” lit in red, when this turns green you may turn).
At most toll booths, you need not have the exact change, just make sure you use the lane(s) marked “change and receipts”.
Street signs are suspended on wires above the middle of the road. The street sign facing you at a junction is the name of the road you are crossing (not the one you are on).
Stationary school buses with flashing red lights must NOT be overtaken. Remain stopped until the bus moves off. (This does not apply if you are driving in the opposite direction).
Most roads have both numbers and names and run East/West and North/South.
When filling you car with petrol/diesel, most pumps are pre-pay. You can either go to the counter and pay in advance or follow the instructions on the pump to pay with credit/debit cards.
There are not many petrol stations on major highways, freeways and interstate roads, therefore make sure you have enough petrol/diesel for your journey.
Traffic lights are suspended on wires ABOVE eye level.
Overtaking on the inside is common practice – make sure you are aware of cars at either side of you.
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