Driving in Florida – Tips for UK Visitors

Driving in Florida – Tips for UK Visitors

Most UK visitors will say that driving in Florida is a very pleasant experience, the roads tend to be wide and clear, and the traffic generally moves relatively slowly in the tourist areas.

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Florida car rental & driving in FloridaIf you will be driving in Florida for the first time, we have put together some basic tips for UK drivers. You should, of course, familiarise yourself with the full requirements for driving in Florida before travelling.

  • Driving in Florida is on the right.
  • When driving in the rain in Florida, it is a legal requirement to switch on your headlights. At certain times of year, rain is a common ocurrence and can arrive without warning, so this is an important habit to get into.
  • Most cars are automatic, whereas the majority of cars in the UK are manual. If you are new to driving an automatic car, it is worth familiarising yourself with the basics before you travel, and then asking for help before driving away when you pick up the vehicle.
  • When you encounter a ‘Stop’ sign in the US, you should always stop. Slowing down is not sufficient – it is an offence to pass one of these signs without coming to a complete stop.
  • Turning right on a red traffic light is permitted, unless there are signs stating otherwise. When doing so, it is important to come to a stop, check that the way is clear, and then move on. Obviously as you are passing through a red signal, you may be moving into the path of oncoming traffic so it is important to proceed carefully.
  • When visiting a filling station, remember that you are purchasing ‘gas’ and not petrol! In many cases you will need to pay for the fuel before filling up your vehicle – usually you will make the payment with the cashier who will then authorise the pump for the required amount.
  • As you would expect, exceeding the speed limit is an offence.
  • Driving whilst under the influence of alcohol is an offence and can be met with very heavy penalties. Also, in Florida you may not drive with an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment – it must be placed in the boot (trunk).