If you drive then you will know the traffic rules, there are many countries in the world where the traffic rules are different, the rules of driving are different everywhere,today we are discuss about US traffic rule
Some rules in America vary from state to state (and even in some larger cities). These differences can pertain to signage, speed limits, and the punishments for breaking certain laws. However, if you choose to drive when visiting or moving to the United States, there are a number of key regulations that apply across the country.
There are following Rules that you need to know
US Traffic Rules
- Steering wheels are always situated on the left side of the car.
- Always drive on the right side of the road.
- White lines separate lanes of traffic traveling the same direction.
- Hashed or broken lines means you may change lanes when it is safe.
- Solid white lines mean stay in your lane.
- Yellow lines separate traffic moving in opposing directions. Hashed or broken yellow lines mean you can carefully pass, paying attention to oncoming traffic.
- Never cross a solid yellow line (or double yellow line).
- When turning left at an intersection, pass in front of any cars that are turning left from the opposing direction (Do not try to pass behind them).
- Use the left lane to pass other cars traveling your direction. Do not pass in the right lane unless absolutely necessary.
- If you are driving in the far left hand lane and someone would like to pass you, move over to the right lane when it is safe to do so and allow them to pass.
- You must ALWAYS yield to pedestrians. Come to a complete stop whenever you see pedestrians trying to cross the street. Never pass a school bus if it has flashing red lights.Wait until the lights have stopped.
- Be aware of bicyclists. Often they share the road with cars and are supposed to also follow general traffic laws.
- Be particularly careful about driving in cities with bike lanes — always check before turning that a bike is not coming.
- It is mandatory to pull over or stop at an intersection to allow an emergency vehicle to pass you if you see one traveling with lights flashing and/or a siren running.
- Do not overuse your car horn. Horns are used almost exclusively for emergency situations or for when you feel unsafe.
Traffic Lights in US
- Generally with red, yellow, and green lights.
- Green means you may go through.
- Yellow means to slow down in preparation to stop.
- Red means you must stop until the light changes.
- A flashing yellow light indicates proceeding with caution.
- It is legal to turn right at a red light unless indicated by a NO TURN ON RED sign.
- Oncoming traffic has the right of way – wait until traffic clears before turning.
- It is not legal to make a left turn at a red light.
Road safety rules are universal the world over, but in the US there are strict laws to back up some of these regulations.
- Always wear a safety belt when driving or riding in a car.
- Younger children must be in car seats or booster seats and cannot ride in the front passenger seat. Rules on this vary slightly from state to state, but are generally similar.
- It is illegal to drink and drive in all 50 states. While punishments vary, .08% is the blood alcohol concentration that is the legal limit (roughly 2 drinks in an hour, but depends on a multitude of factors such as metabolism, weight, etc.).
- Do not text and drive. Some states prohibit the use of handheld devices.
- Headlights must be used in inclement weather or after sunset. In many states, if you are using the windshield wipers, headlights are also required.
- Hitchhiking is generally illegal throughout the US. Do not pick anyone up who is asking for a ride.
- If you have an emergency, call 911 to inform police.
U.S. Traffic Tickets and Violations
Traffic tickets can be received for many infractions including parking violations, speeding, or going through stop signs. Most tickets result in a fine which is based on the severity of infraction and local laws. Some tickets may be given without you noticing. There is increasing use of cameras to monitor traffic. For example, if you go through a toll booth without paying, a camera will likely catch you and send a ticket to the owner of the vehicle. If it is a rental car they will add a ticket cost to your bill.