Driving in the US

Posted 1st April 2016

Anyone who’s ever seen an iconic road movie will want to emulate their hero and set off in their car to explore the whole of the United States. This country is car crazy, they even named the Motown record label in honour of the motor vehicle manufacturing city of Detroit.

Understand the US Regulations

If you’re thinking of hiring or buying a car, after moving to the US, you should always get to grips with the rules and regulations that will apply to you. For a start, driving licences are issued by the State that you live in and you should contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you wish to take an American driving test. You should be able to swap your UK licence for a state licence, but it’s always a good idea to check before you relocate to the US. Tourists can use their UK licences for a year on American roads.

Roads and Maps

Highways in the US are well maintained but roads can vary from county to county. As county budgets come under local jurisdiction, it depends how much is allocated to the road maintenance budget. It’s also a good idea to remember that Americans measure distance differently than British citizens. A couple of hundred miles is nothing, whereas back in the UK people consider 50 miles a long distance. Just open a map of the US and you’ll understand how vast the country is and why distance between destinations is regarded differently.

Exploring the United States

If you’re planning to relocate to the US, you’ll soon learn that having your own vehicle is imperative. The public transport system in New York is excellent, but travel to any other cities or areas across this magnificent country and you’ll soon learn that you can’t move very far without a car.

You definitely won’t be able to explore the famous Route 66 without your own motor. Travel down this ‘Main Street of America’ if you’re looking for a way to learn more about this huge country. You’ll pass old neon signs and the 2,000 miles between Los Angeles and Chicago are redolent of books you have read, or films you’ve seen.

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