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7 Tips for Driving a Rental Car in Florida

May 25, 2015

Before getting into the car you rented, you should be aware of a few details about driving in the State of  Florida, in order to enjoy your trip without any traffic blunders.

1. If you are going to drive in an unfamiliar country or state, it is highly recommended to rent a car with a GPS in your own language. RentingCarz offer this option, which allows for a much safer driving experience. It is very important to keep in mind that misunderstanding a street name or a direction given by the GPS, could cause moments of doubt or sudden maneuvers by the driver that can put the physical safety of all passengers in the car at risk.

2. Something else to keep in mind when driving in Florida, is to respect the speed limits. The maximum speed limit is 30 MPH, in municipal, commercial and residential areas. On interstate highways, the speed limit is 70 MPH, as well as on limited-access highways; and on all other highways and roads you will find it set at 55 MPH. In school zones the maximum speed limit is 20 MPH. We recommend to always be alert of the signs located to the right of the road, as speed limits in some areas may vary. It is also important to know that in areas where the maximum speed limit is 70 MPH, you can not go below 50 MPH, because, not only does it obstruct the traffic flow, but you can also be fined. Always have your bright lights on from dusk to dawn, or when there is heavy fog or rain.

3. It is important to pay close attention and be careful when entering and exiting the motorways, because the traffic moves at a high speed in those areas. Under no circumstances should you driving in back up on an exit or entrance ramp on the highway, unless you are trying to enter through an exit. If you find yourself in that situation, you will see a Wrong Way sign. Also, remember that when you see a sign that says "Do not pass" or "No passing zone," it means that you can not pass another vehicle.

4. Furthermore, when you are at a stop sign, you must yield to the rest of traffic and pedestrians. You may only continue moving your vehicle when it is your right of way, and the road is clear of pedestrians.

5. If you have made a traffic violation by mistake, and you are forced to stop by a police officer, you must turn your flashers on, and wait for the officer to approach the vehicle. For no reason should you exit the vehicle without being ordered to do so by the officer. You should only answer questions that are asked to you and show the required documentation. It is very likely that if you have committed an offense, that the police officer will be more tolerant towards you because of your tourist status.

6. Another point to consider is that all passengers, by law, must wear seat belts. Children under three years must ride in a car seat for infants, and children four to five years old must ride in a child safety seat. Car rental companies offer child-safety seat rentals, with prior reservation.

7. Remember that interstate highways have tolls, as well as some bridges. So it is always wise to make sure that your car rental has a SunPass, which allows you to drive on all motorways in Florida, without having to worry about paying in the moment. RentingCarz also offers this option with your car rental.

To maximally enjoy your tour through Florida, reserve your car in Miami now with RentingCarz at the best price with the most reputable companies on the market.