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Driving Tips in California

Driving can vary from state to state so Sixt has made a guide of driving tips in California for all of our customers.

Rules and Regulations

Please read the guide below so that you understand all the rules before you start your journey in California.

    • Drive on the right and pass on the left.
    • You may pass on the right if an open highway is clearly marked for two or more lanes of travel in your direction. Or the driver ahead of you is turning left and you do not drive off the roadway to pass. Never pass on the left if the driver is signaling a left turn.
    • It is illegal to drive a vehicle if your Blood alcohol content is 0.8% or higher.
    • You can only use your cell phone whilst driving if you are using a hands free device or you have to  call for help in an emergency.
      • You can make a U-turn: across a double yellow line when it is safe and legal.
      • In a residential district If there are no vehicles approaching you within 200 feet or whenever a traffic sign, light, or signal protects you from approaching vehicles.
      • At an intersection on a green light or green arrow, unless a "No U-turn" sign is posted.
      • On a divided highway, only if an opening is provided in the center divider.
      • At “T” intersections without “STOP” or “YIELD” signs, yield to traffic and pedestrians on the through road. They have the right-of-way.
      • Always turn on your low-beam headlights when you are using your windscreen wipers due to weather conditions.
      • If you are driving on a narrow mountain road you must drive as much as is reasonably possible to the right and sound your horn if you can’t see more than 200 feet in front of you.
      • When two vehicles meet on a steep road where neither vehicle can pass, the vehicle facing downhill must yield the right-of-way by backing up until the vehicle going uphill can pass. The vehicle facing downhill has the greater amount of control when backing up the hill.
      • You must use your headlights 30 minutes after sunset and until 30 minutes before sunrise.
      • A left turn against a red light can only be made from a one way street onto another one way street.
      • Right turns are allowed against a red light unless there are signs that prohibit it.

        Speed Limits

          Most highways have a speed limit of between 65 – 70 mph.

          • The maximum speed limit is 55 mph on two-lane undivided highways and for vehicles towing trailers.
          • In business and residential districts the speed limit is 25 mph unless stated otherwise.
          • If you are driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Also, if the school grounds have no fence and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph. Some school zones may have speed limits as low as 15 mph.
          • If you are driving within 100 feet of a railroad crossing where you cannot see the tracks for 400 feet in both directions the speed limit is 15mph.

          Things to Bring Along

          Make sure you have your driver’s license with you at all times.

          Additional Information

          Sixt hopes that all our customers have read and understood our driving tips in California before they start their road trip.

          If you are driving in California you might want to take a road trip to San Francisco and visit the golden gate bridge, San Francisco bay or the Walt Disney family museum. You might also want to visit Los Angeles and Santa Monica bay, famous for its 50 miles of coastline and beaches or travel to San Diego or Sacramento. Sixt also has branches in number of other states including, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and Texas.

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