Driving Tips in Arizona

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Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of some important driving regulations before you start your Arizona road trip. The following tips can prove helpful but make sure to inform yourself as well.

Rules and Regulations


  • The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.8%. Offenders who are over the legal limit will be heavily punished.
  • Wearing seat belts is compulsory for all vehicle occupants.
  • Children under 8 years of age are required to be placed in an appropriate child passenger seat.
  • Use of cell phones for talking or texting is illegal while driving.
  • When you need to pass a vehicle that is traveling in the same direction as you always pass on the left.
  • You may be cited for aggressive driving if you commit a series of acts during a single, continuous period of driving that present an immediate hazard to another person or vehicle such as exceeding the posted speed limit or failure to obey traffic control signs or signals.
  • The law requires certain vehicles to yield the right of way to other vehicles. The law does not actually give the right of way to any particular motorist, it just states who must yield. No one is allowed to take the right of way if taking it means it can result in a collision.
  • Controlled Intersections: You must obey the traffic signals and signs. Yield the right of way to other vehicles as directed.
  • Uncontrolled intersections: When approaching an intersection with an inoperative traffic control signal or no traffic light, stop sign or yield sign, come to a complete stop before entering the intersection and proceed only when the roadway is clear. If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at the same time, both must stop and the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right of way to the driver on the right.
  • T intersections: At a T intersection, the driver on the street which ends must yield the right of way to vehicles on the cross street.
  • When approaching a roundabout, vehicles in the roundabout have the right of way.
  • Use of headlights between sunset and sunrise is compulsory.
  • Don’t make a U-turn on the freeway.
  • When approaching a school bus that is picking up or dropping off passengers, you must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus, regardless of your direction of travel.




Speed Limits

Speed limits will vary so make sure to follow the posted speed limits along your route. Here are some general speed limit rules.

  • 15mph when approaching a school crossing.
  • 25mph in any business or residential district.
  • 55mph on open highways or city freeways.
  • 65mph on designated open highways.
  • 75mph on rural interstate highways

Things to Bring Along

Make sure that you always have your driver’s license with you while driving.