Driving in America
Driving in America is different from driving in any other country. If you are an outsider driving in America, you need to know the different laws and follow the traffic rules that
govern America's roads.
In America, the traffic rules to be followed vary across different states. Some states allows a person whose age is 16 years or above to drive alone. All states require a person
to possess a driver's license before operating a vehicle. Drunken driving is illegal in all the States of America. Although every state follows different rules, the rules are
similar throughout the country. One of the most important rules requires drivers to wear seat belts while driving, follow traffic signals and road signs.
Some General Traffic Laws in America
Speed Limits in USA
The speed limits in America are set by different states. The speed limit may vary based on the type of road, type of vehicle, time of day and land use. Based on the
speed limits the driver can choose how fast he can drive on different types of roads and states. Many states have maximum speed limit of 70 miles per hour. Violating
this law can result in heavy fine or severe consequences. On most of the roads the speed limit sign is posted.
Overtaking in USA
Popularly known as "passing" is allowed on any 2 or more lane roads only with enough sight distance. On two-lane roads, one must pass to the left of the overtaken
vehicle unless that vehicle is preparing to make a left turn, in which case the vehicle must be passed on the right. This should only be done in a legal passing zone,
designated by either a dashed yellow centerline (indicating that passing is legal in both directions) or a solid line paired with a dashed line (indicating that
passing is only legal for traffic adjacent to the broken line). A solid double yellow line indicated that passing is illegal in both directions. On roads with four or
more lanes (including divided highways) vehicles may pass to the left or to the right of slower vehicles as long as the maneuver can be completed safely.
Use of seat belt in USA
Most of the states in America have passed a law which requires drivers to wear seat belts. Violating this law is considered as a
secondary offence which means a traffic police officer can only ticket a driver for not following this law.
Drunken driving in USA
A person who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and operates a motor vehicle is considered illegal in all jurisdictions
within America. This offence is generally called driving under the influence (of alcohol and/or other drugs),(DUI), or driving while
intoxicated (DWI), or operating while impaired (OWI).This law is applied to boating or piloting aircraft. Vehicles can include farm
machinery and horse-drawn carriages as well.
Driver's License in USA
Drivers are normally required to obtain a license from their state of residence, and all states recognize each other's licenses for
temporary visitors subject to normal age requirements. While driving it is mandatory that you carry your driver's license. A state
may also suspend an individual's driving privilege within its borders for traffic violations. Many states share a common system of
license classes, with some exceptions, and commercial license classes are standardized by the federal law of 49 CFR part 383.