Read our list of rules, regulations and driving tips before you start your journey in Massachusetts in order to have a seamless trip. While many of the rules are similar to other US states, there can be differences you should be aware of before embarking on a trip here in 2019.
Driving Rules and Regulations in Massachusetts
General & Safety
- 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.
- Drivers over 18 are allowed to make and receive phone calls while driving, as long as one hand is kept on the wheel.
- If a school bus or other student transport vehicle has its lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must stop no matter which side of the road you are traveling on. Remain stopped until the lights stop flashing or the stop sign folds back.
- 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. If two vehicles get there at the same time, the person on the right goes first.
- Headlights must be used when visibility decreases to 500 feet in front of a vehicle, or if windshield wipers are in use.
Turns & Overtaking
- You can make a right turn at a red light after coming to a complete stop first. You must first give way to pedestrians.
- It is required to signal when turning, stopping or changing lanes.
The speed limits in Massachusetts are lower than in some other states. In addition to the posted speed signs, you should look out for school zones where the limit is 20 mph during times when children are present. You will also need to slow down in road construction zones.
|Within city limits:||20-30 mph|
|Undivided rural road:||45-55 mph|
|Divided rural road:||45-55 mph|
|Freeway within city limits:||45-65 mph|
|Freeway outside city limits:||65 mph|
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After reading our driving tips, you are ready for a safe and pleasant road trip in Massachusetts. You can drive to historic Boston and see all the sights that it has to offer. Or go to the coast for some fresh seafood and salty air. Drive to the western part of the state for some outdoor adventures in the wilderness or to visit Springfield, MA.