Learning to Drive in the United States

Navigating the Roads in the US

Getting behind the wheel and navigating new roads will be a crucial part of settling in and getting around in the United States. However, as a relocating international healthcare professional this can be overwhelming since for many this is their first time in the US.  

Driving in the US can be very different from what healthcare recruits are used to in their home country. Being unfamiliar with the roads can make it difficult.

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The following is a list of our top tips for navigating new roads in the US to help make your transition smoother.

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Top 7 Tips for Learning How to Drive in the US

1. Learn the rules of the road: It’s important to familiarize yourself with US traffic laws, road signs, and speed limits. The rules of the road differ from state to state, so it’s important to do your research and understand the nuances of driving in the US.

For example, many states have “right turn on red” laws, which allow you to turn right at a red light after coming to a complete stop while some do not. You’ll also need to learn about US traffic signs and road markings, which may be different from what you are used to at home.

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2. Take A Driving Course: Even if you have years of driving experience in your home country, US driving courses can help you understand local driving customs and road conditions.

When you finance a car through International AutoSource you get a free online driving course designed specifically for your new state of residence. In addition, the course may also qualify you for discounts up to 10% on portions of your auto insurance premiums.

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3. Get familiar with the vehicle: Take the time to get familiar with your car before driving it on the road. This includes adjusting the mirrors and seats, understanding how to use the brakes and accelerator, and knowing how to operate the vehicle’s lights.

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4. Understand the different types of roads: In the United States, there are many different types of roads, including highways, freeways, and local roads. Each type of road has its own set of rules and regulations, so it’s important to understand the differences before driving on them.

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5. Know your state’s requirements: Requirements vary by state, so it’s important to understand your state’s specific requirements when it comes to getting a driver’s license, registration, and licensing of your vehicle as well as car insurance.


6. Have proper documentation: Make sure you have all the necessary documentation, including your passport, visa, and proof of residency, to apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit.

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7. Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice driving in the US, the more comfortable and confident you’ll become on the road. Practice in different weather conditions, on different types of roads, and during different times of the day.

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Final Thoughts

Learning how to drive in the US as a newly arrived healthcare professional can be overwhelming, but with proper preparation and understanding of local driving rules, you can easily overcome any challenges you face.

Remember to always follow the rules of the road, have the proper documentation, and practice often. With practice and patience, you’ll be on your way to confidently cruising down US roads with ease.


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For over 15 years, International AutoSource (IAS) has specialized in serving the needs of the international healthcare community. Through the IAS Healthcare Advantage Program foreign nurses, doctors, physical therapists, medical technicians, and other healthcare professionals moving to the United States can finance a car for their relocation to the US with benefits tailored to fit their needs.

International Healthcare professionals can take advantage of savings, convenience, and full-service support all in one place. Our dedicated healthcare product specialists work one-on-one with each customer to provide full-service support before, during, and after delivery. We also assist with all documentation needed for vehicle financing, licensing, and registration as our customers have more important things to worry about.