Driving and traffic rules in the USA: "What kind of driver's license and what is it like??" This is certainly the first question when it comes to concrete vacation planning.
For tourist stays the European driver's license is sufficient. In fact, in the USA there are a few peculiarities in the traffic rules, but they are not bad at all.
Turning and overtaking – different traffic rules in the USA
On the highway (freeway, interstate) we are allowed to overtake left and right. The drivers there do that diligently as well. There is no green arrow for turning right.
Of course, street crossings as a pedestrian take a little longer than with us. On trips through Arizona we are on the road for hours in the middle of nowhere, now and then a little house but on the highways relatively many cars and a good cell phone reception. Mad! This is what the US sim card brings us. We experience the great feeling of freedom.
Traffic rules in the USA – Freeway and Toll Road
In the big cities of California, z.B. in San Diego or L.A. the accesses to the freeway are regulated by traffic lights. As a rule, there is a red phase every two cars. This is to prevent too many cars from hitting the crowded freeway at the same time during rush hour. Freeway is like our freeway, without tolls. Toll booths are "Toll Roads" and are available as an alternative in some regions. These roads are usually not so busy. "Toll by Plate" means that the license plates of the cars are recorded (In some states, like e.g. in Florida, the cars only have a license plate in the back. The "Sun pass" is the electronic toll system in Florida.
As with the toll routes in California, we have the tolls collected electronically via a small box in the windshield.
The advantage lies in the speed: it is not necessary to stop and credit card respectively. Getting cash out.
More people in cars, more lanes
In the big cities there is another way to save time: "Fast Lanes" or the lanes for "Car Pool" are on the far left and may be used by cars with at least 2 people in them. A good incentive to carpool, because the traffic is already enormous in the giant cities. Still, traffic often rolls more than it stands on crowded streets. Amazing! Certainly also a merit of traffic planning, with imposing street architecture.
The limit of cars here is apparently not exhaustible. Can only be amazed as a tourist. Speaking of limits:
A green sign with the city name and the signature: "City Limits" does not mean that the speed limit of the city must be observed. So indirectly, yes… but it corresponds to our local entrance sign!