Traffic Rules United States


In towns 15 - 35 mph
On motorways 55 - 75 mph
Right-hand driving/left-hand driving Right-hand traffic
Alcohol 0.0 mg/100 mL in most states
Seat belt mandatory yes
Child Safety Seat Rules vary among the states.
Toll fees There are usage fees for some highways and bridges.
Mobile phone Only hands-free telephones may be used.
Right of Way First come, first serve at junctions with stop signs.
Specific rules of the counry
  • School busses with warning lights may not be overtaken, even from oncoming traffic.
  • Free right turn on red (except New York City).
  • If stopped by the police, roll down your window, place hands on the steering wheel and await instructions.
  • No open alcohol is allowed in the passenger compartment!
  • In some states smoking is not allowed in the car, if children or adolescents are present.
Specific parking regulations
  • Red line: no stopping
  • Blue line handicapped parking
  • Green line: 10-minute parking
  • White line: for loading and unloading
  • Yellow line: for trucks.


Driver´s license

A UK driving licence is valid.

Minimum age

The minimum and maximum age varies between car hire agencies and also between vehicle classes. The minimum age is normally between 21 and 25 and the driving license must be 1 to 2 years old. At some car hire agencies drivers below a fixed age limit must pay an additional fee.

Details are available in the hiring terms of the car hire agency. (In point 3 – Entering data and payment – under General Terms and Conditions)

Fuel Information

There are two options:

1. The tank is full when accepted and returned with a full tank. There is a charge for the petrol required to fill the tank.

2. The tank is full when accepted and paid for. The vehicle is then returned with an empty tank. Any remaining petrol will not be reimbursed.

You can find the applicable tanking option in the details of the results list. We have no influence over the tanking option.


The legal amount of cover is very low. It is therefore recommended to check the amount of cover offered and buy supplemental insurance if necessary.

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