Driving Tips in Massachusetts
Driving in Massachusetts can be different from driving in other states. Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of all the driving regulations before you start your road trip.
Rules and Regulations
Please read our list of rules and driving tips before you start your journey in Massachusetts.
- The law requires you to drive on the right side of the road. When passing is allowed, you should pass on the left.
- The alcohol limit for drink driving is a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or greater.
- It is a legal requirement for every driver and passenger in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.
- Children under 8 years of age must use a child restraint.
- You cannot use any mobile electronic device to write, send, or read an electronic message (including text messages, emails, instant messages, or accessing the Internet) while driving.
- If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle has its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop. It is the law. It does not matter which side of the road you are traveling on. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds back.
Stop and Yield Signs
- A STOP sign always means “come to a complete halt” and applies to each vehicle that comes to the sign. When approaching a stop sign, you must stop before any crosswalk or stop line painted on the pavement. Come to a complete stop, yield to pedestrians or other vehicles, and go carefully. Just slowing down is not enough. If a 4-WAY or ALL WAY sign is added to a STOP sign at an intersection, all traffic coming to the intersection must stop. The first vehicle in the intersection or four-way stop has the right of way. When you see a YIELD sign, slow down and be prepared to stop. Let vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians go before you proceed. You must come to a complete stop if traffic conditions require it.
- Regulatory signs have a red or white background and inform drivers of traffic laws or regulations. Some, such as SPEED LIMIT signs, may only include words. Others, such as NO U-TURN signs, use only images. Some are a combination of words and images. Signs that use a red circle with a diagonal slash mean that something is prohibited.
- Yellow and fluorescent yellow-green warning signs warn you of hazards or changes in conditions ahead. The road layout may be changing, you may be coming to a school zone, or there may be a special situation ahead. Slow down and obey the sign.
- In the “guide signs” category are route markers, distance and destination signs, and informational signs. Green signs give highway directions and guide you through highway interchanges. Blue signs list motorist services, like gas, food, and lodging. Brown signs direct you to public recreational areas, state and national parks, points of interest, and scenic sites. In Massachusetts, numbered state highway routes are posted on white, rectangular signs with black letters and borders. Interstate highway signs are blue, red, and white shields.
- 20 mph in a school zone
- 30 mph in a thickly settled or business district
- 40 mph outside a thickly settled or business district
- 50 mph on a highway outside a thickly settled or business district
- 65 mph on interstate highways
Things to Bring Along
Please make sure that you have your driver’s license with you at all times whilst driving.
By reading our list of driving tips and rules Sixt hope that you will have a safe and pleasant road trip. Whilst you are in Massachusetts you can use your Sixt car rental to drive to Boston and see all the sights that it has to offer. Whilst there you can visit the museum of fine arts to view a great collection of art, Boston symphony orchestra for mesmerizing concerts or Boston public garden for stunning scenery and a tranquil environment. Sixt have a number of branches around the country including, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.