driver information - Driving in Florida
The maximum legal alcohol level is 0.08 %. The minimum drinking
age in all states is 21.
Local laws against driving while intoxicated are growing stricter.
Many bars now serve non-alcoholic drinks for those nominated to
do the driving. It is illegal to carry alcohol in the car even
unopened in shopping bags, you are only allowed to transport alcohol
in the boot of your car(trunk).
If you are in an accident (and the damage is minimal) at night
or you are in a deserted area indicate to the other driver to
follow you and drive to a poulated area near by. It is better
to be safe than sorry.
If stopped by the police pull over immediately, turn off the engine,
stay seated and follow the officers instructions.
you see someone at the roadside who indicates a need for help,
do not stop. Note the location, and call the police on 911 when
it is safe and convenient for you to do so.
All drivers moving in either direction must stop for a stopped
school bus. You must remain stopped until all children are clear
of the road. Violation of this law is subject to a mandatory hearing.
When the warning lights are flashing the speed limit in front
of every school is 15 mph
Because there are lots of traffic lights at intersections, in
some communities it is legally permissable to make a right turn
at a red light, but only when the car has come to a complete stop
and providing there is no oncoming traffic. If in doubt about
the local law concerning this traffic maneuver, wait for the green
Don't drive beyond your limits, distances in the US are deceptive.
Stop every couple of hours to relax, and don't try to drive beyond
300/400 miles in a day.
Most of Florida's service stations are open 24 hours for fuel.
Automobile maintenance and service is available during business
hours. American cars use unleaded petrol, sold by the US gallon
(3.8 liters) with considerably cheaper prices than those encountered
in Europe. Service stations throughout the state sell Florida
maps as well as detailed city maps. Florida's Welcome Stations
dispense travel information and free Florida orange juice.
Be sure to obtain a parking permit where it is required as illegal
parking in a restricted zone may result in your car being towed
away within a matter of minutes. Never park within ten feet of
a fire hydrant.
restaurants have valet parking for which gratuities of $1 are