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If you wish to drive in the US it is advisable to obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP). The IDP informs US state officials and law enforcement officers of your driving history and acts as an important secondary form of identification.
An IDP is not a driver's license and must always be accompanied by your valid driver's license from your own country. It is better to obtain an IDP in your own country before departure; however, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) may be able to provide you with an IDP when you get to the US (contact the local AAA branch for details).
Driver and passenger seat belts are a mandatory requirement in almost all states.
Which Side of the Road?
When driving in the US, keep to the right-hand side of the road.
Urban speed limits are set by state authorities and therefore vary by state. Business or residential areas' maximum speed limits are between 25 mph and 30 mph.
Even though the US congress passed legislation in 1987, raising the upper speed limit on freeways to 65 mph, in most states this has never been implemented. The maximum speed limit may range from 55 mph to 70 mph on rural interstates. On all other roads and highways, speed limits may range from 25 mph to 55 mph.
Many expressways in the US are toll roads. If you intend using a pay-as-you-drive road, remember to bring enough money for the journey. Also, many toll systems time the length of your journey. If you have traveled too fast on a toll road you may be fined and your license endorsed.
According to the US government, most fatal road traffic accidents involve a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs. Driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs may impair normal faculties. The maximum legal alcohol level is 0.08%. This is the case in most states, but some are as low as 0.05% or as high as 0.10%.
The US runs a points endorsement scheme for road traffic offenses. Endorsements range from six points for major offenses to two points for minor offenses. Endorsements may also carry on-the-spot fines. If you gain a certain number of points, your license may be suspended or canceled.
The emergency telephone number in the US is 911 .
If you are required to stop by a law enforcement officer:
Do not pick up hitchhikers or stop for a vehicle which seems in distress. Again, telephone the police when the opportunity arises.