Car Rental - SatNav
A car is essential and a sat nav is very useful, we provide a few major codes to get you started on your holiday.
Driving in Florida
By the time you arrive in Florida, have collected your hire car keys, loaded your luggage and your loved ones in the car, you will be tired from the journey and excited to get to the Villa, but please just take a little time before you set off to get to know the car and its controls:
Firstly, the car will more than likely be automatic.
Get the seat adjusted so that you are comfortable and can clearly see from the mirrors.
Lights, indicators, wipers, air conditioning controls - where are they?
Have your co-pilot ready with maps and or instructions if you don't have SATNAV.
We love driving in Florida; the roads are wide and signs are clear, you just have to get used to doing things a little differently from driving in the UK.
A few strange things that really hit us when we first hit the Florida roads were:
- driving on the right hand side, which means that your gear stick or shift selector is on your right hand side
- when you travel on the freeways and toll roads (like our motorways with often three, four and five lanes), they do not use them as we do in the UK (i.e. slow moving traffic on the inside lane and only over-taking on the outside). Traffic moves along every lane at different speeds, so don't be alarmed if you are travelling in the middle lanes and a car zooms up on the inside - just make good use of your mirrors!
- the most bizarre thing is that you can turn right on a red traffic light - it feels very strange.
This is however after coming to a complete stop first to check that the way ahead is clear. The only exception to this is if a sign is displayed which says No turn on red
- petrol is called gas and at many gas stations you will need to pay for the fuel before you fill up.
In Florida they are just like us in the UK and are generally very safety conscious, so:
- everyone must wear their seatbelt.
- children must be secured in the correct safety seat or booster.
- turn on your wipers and head-lights when it rains because it can rain Big Time!
- speed limits can change often and are always reduced on road interchanges/slip roads. Speed restrictions are strictly enforced as are drink drive laws.
Just a few other little tips:
- a dual carriage way is referred to as a divided highway.
- a cross roads indicated as a four way, means that each driver approaching the junction should give way in turn to other road users.
- always come to a complete stop at any STOP sign.
- school buses are bright yellow, note that on two way roads no vehicle must pass a school bus if it has stopped with lights flashing and the stop sign displayed. However, on dual carriageways you can keep going if you are travelling in the opposite direction to the school bus.
- if you are indicated to stop by the police, sheriff or highway patrol, stay in your car and let the law enforcement officer come to you, unless of course they indicate otherwise.
Red = Come to a complete stop.
Yellow = Stop if you can.
Green = Go!
Flashing Red Light = Stop!
Flashing Yellow Light = Move forward with caution.
Non-Operating Signals = Treat as a four way stop.
Visit this web site if you would like to view the road signs: http://www.trafficsign.us/