At International AutoSource (IAS), we want to do our part to help everyone stay safe on the road. When relocating to a new country, we realize you will be driving on unfamiliar roads. You might even have to adjust to driving on a different side of the road than you are accustom to. Safety is always important when operating a vehicle, but it is especially important to be aware of safe driving practices when you are in a new country. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when you get behind the wheel in the United States.
The weather can be very unpredictable in the U.S., so you need to be prepared and take extra precautions when driving. It may seem obvious, but if you haven’t driven in foggy, icy, rainy or snowy conditions you have to take extra time and care.
Some laws and safe driving practices to be aware of and read up on because they vary by country and state:
- Drinking and driving laws are very strict in the U.S. and even one drink can put you over the limit.
- Do not text and drive. Make sure to use bluetooth or speakerphone for any phone calls.
- At crosswalks pedestrians always have the right of way.
- Do not pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing. Wait until the lights are turned off.
- If an emergency vehicle is nearby and has its lights on pull over and let it pass. This includes police vehicles, fire trucks or ambulances.
- Do not cross into lanes separated by lines that are solid.
- Always use your seat belts and car safety seats for children.
- Before driving make sure you have your driver’s license, registration, and insurance card with you.
- If you’re relocating from a country that drives on the left side of the road, take extra precautions and care to adjust to driving on the right-hand side of the road in the U.S.
- Obey the rules of the HOV lane, which is located on the far left side of U.S. freeways.
- Always turn headlights on in bad weather and after sunset.
It is essential to not only be aware of what you are doing on the road but also what others are doing on the road. Obey the laws and make sure to know the road conditions. Buckle up and drive safe!