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Driving in Florida
Driving in Florida is a lot simpler and more enjoyable than driving in the UK. Most rental cars will be automatics. The handbrake may also be different and take some getting used to. The car must be “ Park” position in order to remove the key or start the engine. Car rental documents should be kept where they are easily accessible at all times.
Make sure you are adequately insured before you leave the car rental offices.
It's the LAW!
- In Florida it is perfectly legal to turn right at a red traffic light provided there is no traffic coming or a sign telling you otherwise.
- The driver and front seat passenger must wear seatbelts and every passenger in the vehicle under the age of 18 MUST be restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device, regardless of seating position.
- Florida law requires all children four years or younger be restrained in a proper child restraint system.
- Do NOT drink and drive! Any open container of alcohol in the vehicle is illegal. Florida has one of the toughest DUI laws in the U.S.
- Remember to drive on the right side of the road.
- Legal speed limits are posted on the right side of the road.
- Headlights must be on from dusk to dawn, as well as in fog or rain. Turn off windscreen wipers when stopping at tollbooths.
- It is advisable to keep all windows shut and all doors locked while driving through populated areas.
- Carry your driving license at all times.
- Park in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
- When law enforcement vehicles are in one of the “break-down” lanes, either assisting a motorist or pulling over a speeding vehicle, you must move to the far lane, away from the police.
- Drivers may dial *FHP on Florida interstates and highways in an emergency to reach the Florida Highway Patrol (state police).
On a two-way street or highway, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children. You must remain stopped until all children are clear of the roadway and the bus signal has been withdrawn. Violation of this law is considered a moving violation and is subject to a mandatory hearing.
Most pumps are self serve, with most requesting that you pay in advance for your fuel, either by credit card or with cash. Always use unleaded fuel.
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Page added on: 17 October 2006
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