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Useful Florida Driving Tips - Orlando / Florida Guide

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  • Always stay on the RIGHT of the road.
  • Florida law requires safety belts for all front passengers, regardless of age. Children 5 years of age and younger MUST be secured in child restraint devices, children 3 years of age and younger MUST be placed in infant carriers or child car seats. Children aged 4 and 5 MUST be in a safety seat or wear a seat belt in the rear seat of the car.
  • Florida law requires that you turn on you headlights at dusk, in fog, or in rain. Be especially careful while driving during or after rainfall. Slippery road conditions could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • NO drinking and driving. Always have a designated driver who will remain alcohol free. Under Florida DUI (Driving whilst Under the Influence) law, if you are caught driving with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.10 or higher, or if you refuse to submit to a roadside test, you may be arrested and your driver’s license suspended indefinitely.
  • On approaching a “STOP” sign, Florida law requires that your vehicle comes to a complete halt before proceeding. At 4-way STOP signs, the vehicle that arrived at the cross-section first has the right of way first, then the next vehicle and so on.
  • You may turn RIGHT on a red light after you have come to a complete stop, check the coast is clear, there are no signs posted stating “NO RIGHT” turn on red.
  • STOP! For the stopped school bus. Florida motor vehicle law requires all vehicles to stop, whether approaching, turning or following a School Bus when the red lights are flashing and STOP signal is displayed. NEVER overtake a stationary school bus with flashing red lights. Cars travelling towards a school bus are not required to stop if the roadway is separated by an unpaved space of at least 5 ft. or there is a physical barrier.
  • Use a map to plan your route before you venture out. If you miss a turn or exit, proceed to the next corner or exit. Never back up. Always pull completely off the road if you must stop.
  • When driving, keep a full tank of petrol and stay on well-lighted and well-travelled roads.
  • Park close to your destination, preferably on a well-lighted street.
  • You are particularly vulnerable when entering or leaving your car. If you notice someone loitering about your vehicle, walk past it and find help.
  • Pay attention when walking through parking lots. Avoid suspicious characters or areas with no lights. In the unlikely event that you are confronted by an assailant, do not resist if demands are made for valuables. Such actions create greater danger.
  • Always lock your vehicle. Lock valuables in the boot (trunk), glove box or luggage compartment so that they are out of sight.
  • Keep your house key in a safe place on your person when travelling.
  • Florida law states that you must carry your driver’s license at all times. You must also carry your car rental and proof of insurance documents with you at all times.
  • If you are stopped by a police officer (who will always be in a marked vehicle), remain in your vehicle and the officer will approach you and advise you of the problem.
  • When going to petrol (gas) stations, you may be required to pay before filling up. Be sure to always use regular unleaded petrol (gas) only.

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