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Driving in the USA
Driving in the USA
It's worth a mention, if
this is to be your first visit to Orlando, then standing in line
waiting for your car hire was the worse thing, the rest of the time
you will be fine, remember again this is a big place, there are more
people, more things to do & more places to visit, which all adds up
to more CARS!, so one thing to remember after the 9 hour flight,
after the heat has hit you, after you have took the wrong turn again
& said a dozen times "I am never doing this again" Don't Panic!,
take your time, familiarise yourself with the car, study the maps,
plan a route to the parks, look for landmarks to remind you of the
route & watch out for the Guide Markers located all along the road.
It's not difficult here, it's just different, think BIG, the Orlando
area is very spread out & generally you will have to drive a
distance to get from one place to another, take Disney World for
instance, it is larger than the Greater Manchester area alone,
Disney has it's own road network & even it's own Fire Dept', nobody
walks anywhere over here everyone drives. It may sound daft but it
is a good idea, if possible use the Toll roads, it will cost you
pennies to drive on them & the roads are normally quiet & Direct, a
bit like mini motorways it is also a good opportunity to get used to
driving your strange car as well, remember the speed limit is 55mph,
(unless you see any different) you will see there are a lot of
Police, Sheriffs & State Troopers driving about, whilst they can be
fair on Tourists they can also be strict, just remember Don't Panic!
Don't Drink and Drive.
Florida has strict laws, with penalties of up to six months in
prison for first-time offenders. The legal limit for the
blood-alcohol level is lower than in Britain, so it is safer not to
drink at all if you are driving. It is also illegal to carry open
containers of alcohol in the car itself
Flashing orange lights
suspended over the road indicate a school zone so proceed with
caution. School buses CANNOT be overtaken in either direction when
they are unloading and have their hazard lights on.
It is illegal to park
within 10ft of a fire hydrant or a lowered kerb, and NEVER park in
front of yellow painted kerbs - they are stopping points for
emergency vehicles and you will be towed away.