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Driving Tips in Florida

Driving in Florida varies from other states so Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of all the driving regulations before you start your road trip.

Rules and Regulations

Here are some useful rules and tips that you should know before you start your trip.

  • Drive in the right lane and pass on the left. If there are three lanes, use the right lane for lower speed driving, the left for passing.
  • Drink driving in Florida will not be tolerated and can result in heavy punishment. You will be administratively suspended if you have a breath or blood alcohol level of .08 or above or refuse to submit to a chemical test. This suspension is a mandatory period without a license.
  • Florida law requires the use of seat belts for all drivers and passengers in all motorized vehicles.
  • Florida has a mandatory child restraint law for passengers under 16 years of age. Children under age 4 must use approved car safety seats.
  • You must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians at stop signs. Move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.
  • An open intersection is one without traffic control signs or signals. When you enter one, you must yield the right-of-way if:

A vehicle is already in the intersection.
You enter or cross a state highway from a secondary road.
You enter a paved road from an unpaved road.
You plan to make a left turn and a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction.

  • When two cars enter an open intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

Most roundabouts do not require stopping, which allows vehicles to move continuously through intersections at the same low speed. Roundabouts are designed to move all traffic through a counterclockwise direction. Vehicles approaching the roundabout yield to circulating traffic; however, drivers must obey all signs to determine the correct right-of-way in the roundabout.

  • Florida requires that you have your headlights on whenever you are using your windshield wipers.

Night Driving

  1. You will need to drive with extra care at night. You cannot see as far ahead or to the side, and glare from oncoming cars can reduce your vision even more. Follow these guidelines for driving at night:
  2. Use your headlights (low beam or high beam) between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
  3. Low beam headlamps are only effective for speeds up to 20-25 mph. You must use special care when driving faster than these speeds, since you are unable to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and others.
  4. High beam headlights can reveal objects up to a distance of at least 450 feet and are most effective for speeds faster than 25 mph.
  5. Don't use high-beam headlights within 500 feet of oncoming vehicles.
  6. If you are behind other vehicles, use low beams when you are within 300 feet of the vehicle ahead.
  7. When leaving a brightly lit place, drive slowly until your eyes grow used to darkness.
  8. If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams, flash your lights to high beam and back to low beam once.

Don't look directly at oncoming headlights. Instead, watch the right edge of your lane. Look quickly to be sure of the other vehicle's position every few seconds. Drive as far to the right as you can if a vehicle with one light comes toward you.

Speed Limits

Rural Interstates: Cars 70mph,

Trucks 70mph Urban Interstates: Cars 65mph,

Trucks 65mph Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 70mph,

Trucks 70mph 65 mph on rural 4-lane highways (including US and State highways); and 60 mph on rural 2-lane highways.

County roads 55 - 60 mph.

Florida's minimum speed limit on Interstate Highways is now 50 mph in most 70 mph zones.

Things to Bring Along

Registration and insurance card must be carried in the vehicle.

Additional Information

Sixt car rental wants you to drive safely on your road trip so please make sure you read and understand all of the above instructions. Whilst in Florida you might want to drive to Walt Disney world for the ultimate family adventure or Bush Gardens for roller-coasters and wildlife. You could also travel to one of its many beaches such as Miami beach, Daytona beach, or Panama City Beach. For more information about where to go, what to see, and how to get around in Florida, check out our Florida Beach Guide. Remember that Sixt has a number of locations throughout Florida making your car rental more convenient!

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