How to drive in the USA - A tourist's guide

Published 2018-09-02

All Comments (21)
  • Nerys Ghemor
    You were very polite in not mentioning the other reason why you're strongly advised to rent a car if coming to the US...except for a few cities, our mass transit is shit. XD
  • Nerys Ghemor
    I never realized our speed signs could be tough to spot. I am using two monitors, had the video on the right monitor (i.e. the side where I would expect to see a speed limit), and literally saw it out the corner of my eye. Just shows how people get trained into their habits!
  • Sebastian pomales
    tip with lanes, legally in most states slower traffic has to stick to the right and you must pass on the left. Especially smaller states, for example, Vermont follow that much more heavily and in those places you will get ticketed for being a lane hog or passing incorrectly. In other places it could possibly be considered ok to cruise in the second lane as well as passing on an inside lane but it could also possibly be frowned upon and you could be ticketed. in general its good to be aware and try to stick to what everyone around you is doing.

    Throughout the states many road rules and signage are similar but lane rules do stray depending on the area. They, to be honest, mostly depend on what cops will ticket people for in that specific area. But if you follow what everyone else is doing you should be fine! At least where I am in Florida riding in the first two lanes is ok but if you lane hog in any of the other lanes or pass on the inside you will get a ticket.
  • Sunshine
    You did a great job with your video! Just let me say that when my husband and I went to Europe--we were a wreck (meaning in a bad way) for awhile with their roads! I just might add this about the HOV lane: "High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Facilities. What is an HOV lane? An HOV lane, sometimes called a carpool lane, is a special lane reserved for the use of carpools, vanpools and buses" So yes, more than two people. It is considered an unobstructed and faster lane, but they are not exempt from the speed limit. I've heard of a person wanting to use this lane to get to their destination in good time so the driver placed a blow up dolly in the passenger side of the car. LOL...of course was stopped and fined.
  • B C
    You're a very good presenter! You should really consider making more videos!

    For whom it may concern: the vast majority of passenger vehicles in the US use gasoline, not diesel :)

    *I should have said unleaded instead of gasoline, lol. Thankfully, the nozzles for unleaded and diesel are different sizes here in the US. Diesel nozzles are usually larger.
  • Ryan Wells
    I live in the USA, and I just gotta say that you are correct on pretty much everything
  • operator0
    Just so you know, the diesel fuel pump nozzle will not fit inside the gas filler of a gasoline car. It's too big to fit. If you rent a diesel, then you have to worry, but it's almost impossible to rent a diesel car at a rental agency.
  • David Molinarolo
    I keep hearing Brits and Aussies talking about Hiring a car. To us Americans that sounds more like hiring an Uber or Taxi, because you are hiring, albeit temporarily, a person to drive you somewhere in their car. But apparently hiring a car to you all means Renting to us. Because you are temporarily borrowing a car from a rental car service or dealer (if your personal vehicle is in the shop). The word hiring denotes soliciting the work of another human being.
  • B C
    I can confirm that your advice about traffic stops is accurate. Make sure they can see your hands at all times. Never, under any circumstances, put your hands into your pockets in front of an American police officer without first telling he or she that you are going to do so, and for what you are reaching.

    Also, in most states you are legally obliged to overtake in the left lane. Those people were just breaking the law :/
  • bagnome
    Road Guy Rob made a video about a month back that easily describes American road sign and what their colors and shapes mean.
  • HMM
    Very very very helpful. Thanks a lot. Left hand drive still worries me 😔
  • Best Shorts
    Thanks a bunch. You gave me confidence to drive ♥️
  • c c
    @ 6:15 "lots of people over here using their mobile phone. Not sure if it's legal or illegal. " I laughed so hard at that. IT IS ILLEGAL, dont follow the others, they are just acting crazy.
  • salil patil
    Its a great video. I feel more confident about my upcoming road trip
  • El Mitch
    Great overview! The part about passing is that is should be done on the left, but some drivers act like it's a free for all. I cringe when I see drivers passing on the right.
  • Gaye Wallis
    Great information. Thanks as I am going solo next year and I’m over the pension age!!!!!
  • Caroline Burgess
    You can turn right on a red light but not if there is a sign that says you can’t! Double check, don’t assume you can turn every time 👌🏻
  • judas brute
    8:39. i am nitpicking but the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane is for vehicles with at least two people, not only two people
  • Kelly Wilson
    It's always a good idea to bring warm blankets when you're visiting death valley in the summer.
  • Ash Patterson
    Driving while talking on the cellphone is very illegal, people just don’t care lol