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The Complete United States Driving and Rental Guide

The United States is usually more suitable for automobile compared to public transportations. Travelling by car is thus a good way to get around to see sights of the country, whether you are planning a complete road trip, or just using a leg of your trip by taking a car to visit the cities. Here is a guide we have prepared to help you familiarized yourself with driving in the USA.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving is on the right with the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the car. Since traffic rules differ from state to state, it is better to review the regulations for each individual state in which you are planning to drive. Pedestrians have the legal right of way in all states.

Speed Limit

The speed limit varies from state to state, butis of 65 miles per hour (equals110 km p/h) in the majority of the states. Speed limit is frequently monitored by radar guns.

Traffic Signs

Many US states comply with the same road signs standard, but some of the states and large cities such as New York City have adopted an extent of localization or a supplement. 


Although there is a variety of regulatory signs throughout different states, they are usually self-explanatory, with explicit wordings marked on the signs.

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Among regulatory signs, there is one category which indicates ‘No Standing’, and may be unfamiliar for foreign visitors or international travellers. ‘No standing’ signs indicate that stopping temporarily to load or unload passengers is allowed, while parking is not allowed. The signs are also usually red on white, but local variations exist.

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Warning signs feature yellow background colour and black pictogram, with a few exceptions.

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Information signs provide guidance and feature rectangular shape.

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You may refer to this for the unified standard that is used by the states.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

All drivers and passengers are regulated by law to wear seatbelts. A fine applies if a driver or passenger is caught without a seatbelt on.

Booster Seat Laws

Even though regulations vary by state, almost all states require children to be in a child seat facing backwards in the front of a car, or facing forward in the rear. As a minimum guide, children should use a booster seat until they reach 36kg to 45kg or 145cm high. 


For a specific guidance regarding child safety rules, you may click here.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

You must always park in the direction of the traffic flow on the near side of the road. Often, parking spaces are diagonally aligned and ‘head-in’, which means the front of your car must be facing the pavement (sidewalk).


· Parking Restriction

In some cities, parking restrictions are indicated by the kerb colour; for example, a red kerb indicates no parking at any time, a yellow kerb may signify a limited truck loading zone, a green kerb indicates a limited parking period, a blue kerb for disabled parking only, and a white kerb passenger loading and unloading. No parking areas, for example, at street corners, may be indicated by yellow lines. Therefore, you should always read all pavement markings carefully.

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United States Yellow Lines No Parking(Image from merchantcircle.com)

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 · Paid Parking

Parking in most cities and towns isn’t usually a problem and on-street parking is usually metered, along with permissive parking signs specified with a restricted amount of time. It’s advisable for you to estimate your parking time and reserve a bit more parking fee as a precaution to avoid the fine for overtime parking. 


The signs are green and white, and local variations do occur with additional information or slightly different designs. 

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Fuel Prices

The average price for USA gasoline and diesel during July to October 2017 is US$0.74.

Toll

It has more than 5,000 miles of toll roads in the USA. From bridge and tunnel tolls to express and high occupancy lanes, most states have some sort of toll road system. 


Nowadays most tolls are collected electronically via transponders that are typically placed on the windshield of the vehicle. As many toll roads no longer accept cash. It is recommended to check the individual websites of each state's toll system to inform yourself about the payment options along with your route. 


If you are hiring a vehicle from Enterprise, National or Alamo in the USA, you can review and pay the tolls online via Highway Toll Administration site; if hiring from Avis or Budget, you can check the e-toll site. For Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Advantage, toll charge can be checked on PlatePass.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

Depending on states, drivers are charged with a fine or a crime with 0.08% or 0.05% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) limit by volume. 

Traffic Fines

Extra care should be applied to abide speed limit when driving in the United States, as speeding fines can be ranging from $36 to $1000 for first-time breaker states by states. A Nation-wide average speeding ticket is US$150


Failing to understand and follow the parking signs will potentially result in a hefty fine. This is especially the case for big cities like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. For example, stopping, standing or parking where signs, road markings or traffic control devices do not permit you to do so will incur a fine of US$115 in New York City. In San Francisco, obstructing traffic without a permit in San Francisco will result in a fine as high as US$1000


Failure to pay traffic infringement fines will likely result in your car rental company collecting the fee from you, with an additional administration charge. These policies are generally illustrated in the terms of the contract on which you signed at the rental desk. For any further questions concerning these matters, you are welcomed to contact QEEQ’ 24/7 customer service team for assistance.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

To drive in the United State, the driver must have a valid driving licnece that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years(according to different car hire company). The licence must be valid at the time of rental, and remain valid throughout the rental period.


The minimum age to rent a vehicle in most locations in the U.S is 21 years (age may vary by state and car category), and the driver must have a valid driver's license held for at least one year. For certain specialty and larger-sized vehicles, the minimum age of 25 years of age applies. If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee which is about $25-per-day to $50-per-day.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.COM will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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R.Downard

December 26, 2021

Destination: Los Angeles

7Extra stress this time with vehicle shortage...might lean towards larger 24 hour rental companies.

When on time and in line for our prepaid rental NU said they have no more vehicles. We waited approximately 2 hours and got the last vehicle of the day as this location closed at 4pm. We took the smaller class of SUV that was available. The vendor would not allow us to take vehicle without a $15 per day 3rd party liability fee as we were "international" from Canada. The staff were friendly and firm dealing with the vehicle shortage; approximately 10+ more customers with reservations were turned away.

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Nick

December 26, 2021

Destination: Hawaii - Maui Island

6.3Understaffed agency?

Long wait for 9any) car. Car type we booked not available on arrival. Had to choose and find our vehicle in dark garage without help. Staf told us to "Pick any car in row #5" but that row was empty when we arrived in the garage. Many paint blemishes on chosen car at pickup that were not noted in contract, but we hope they will not be attributed to us - not exactly clear at return. Unclear if we paid for the Sprint we ordered or the Sentra we took. Understaffed both at paickup and dropoff.

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E.Busch

December 26, 2021

Destination: Denver

10good vehicle and easier than imagined drop off.

Strange occurrence. We originally requested a Toyota Corolla but as we reached the gate the car couldn't be allowed to leave the lot and the gateman gave us a Rogue Sport which worked well for the entire 9 day use.

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M.Rolon Deliz

December 8, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Exelente

Supero mis espectativas

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P.Clancy

December 8, 2021

Destination: Los Angeles

7.7Cheap AND cheerful

Strangely, Budget had removed the overcast from the car which meant extra care had to be taken not to get the fixed carpeting dirty.

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J.Gomez

December 8, 2021

Destination: McAllen

6.7Mala

Enterprise no me entregó el auto que prometió (compacto), me dijeron en el mostrador que lo único que tenían disponible era una van. Yo reservé un compacto no necesitaba una van que me consumió mucha gasolina!

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Guille G

December 8, 2021

Destination: Nashville

8Satisfactoria

El coche no estaba muy sucio por dentro, pero no estaba limpio. Había papeles del anterior conductor en la guantera y hasta una mascarilla para covid usada debajo del asiento.

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M.CALVO IRABIEN

December 8, 2021

Destination: Dallas

8Very Good

Una pregunta, no han hecho la devolución del monto que bloquean, cuánto tarda en reflejarse el monto final?

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S.Ball

December 8, 2021

Destination: Seattle

9.3Good

They didn't have the care I ordered ( Ford Focus). I was then given a bigger car ( Chevy Mailbu) which had an oil change light on and a tire pressure low light on so they made me switch to an SUV (Jeep Cherokee) I wouldn't have minded being upgraded if I had passengers but I was looking for the best gas milage and this did not provide it. So I was not really happy about that. The people there were very helpful.

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R.Jones

December 7, 2021

Destination: La Crosse

10Very easy

The car was better than I expected

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Juan Arango

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

8Very Good

Configurar el rental car center Alamo en las aplicaciones de Waze y Google Maps

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Frank F

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Professional Stress Free and overall Top Class Service

Hertz were vert professional and gave me a choice of cars within the range and talked me through each one .. I was very impressed

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s.desmedt

December 7, 2021

Destination: Hawaii - Hawaii Island

8.3Very Good

Dollar was trying to sell me extra insurance albeit my full AXA insurance, they told me it was not valid

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S.Ward

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10First class from start to finish would use both Qeeq and Dollar again without hesitation

Service was excellent. Friendly staff and no upsell of cover etc. A pleasant experience.

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M.Evans

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Very good after the swap at the start

Yeah the first car offered was a old vehicle and looked like it had been through a battle field, I went and asked to swap the vehicle and they offered a different vehicle which was a brand new car, looks like they was trying it on and giving out crap cars

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B.CRITCHFIELD

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Great experience

Got free upgrade to a mini van couldn’t fault my experience with QEEQ will definitely book with again.

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E.MARTINEZ

December 7, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10it is easy, inexpensive and recommended

Excelente car and good services

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December 6, 2021

Destination: Orlando

7.3Poor start with Hertz , had to change the car

The car had faults - steering vibrating when at speed, oil fault, tyre fault light came on intermediately. The smell from cigerettes, masked by chemicals which were overpowering I exchanged the car due to the above

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Satisfied QEEQ.COM customer

December 1, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10The Best in Years!!

The car was ideal and service with Hertz was quick and smooth.

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L.D. London

December 1, 2021

Destination: San Diego

8I was denied upgrade & points by Hertz despite entering my Hertz Gold membership with QEEQ….. ?

I was denied upgrade & points by Hertz despite entering my Hertz Gold membership with QEEQ….. ?

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A.Rubinstein

December 1, 2021

Destination: Dallas

8Positivo. Recomiendo opción para quienes rentan coche 1 día y no desean pasar x gasolinera

Primeramente me entregaron auto que no tenía gasolina. Además estaba sucio, incluso hice broma de que íbamos a tener que ir al Car Wash. Tuve que volver a que me cambien el auto.

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December 1, 2021

Destination: Chicago

10Although disappointed with mystery car Experience was very good

Booked a mystery car but was surprised or maybe disappointed that it only applied to the entry budged car so felt a bit misled

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J.Betancourt Alvarez

December 1, 2021

Destination: Fort Lauderdale

2El peor servicio que he contratado

Nunca me entregaron el auto que reserve, a las 4:45 pm me dijeron que no tenían una auto para alquilarme y me dejaron tirado en el aeropuerto sin ninguna solución, tuve que alquilar el auto con otra empresa

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F.VALENCIA MORA

December 1, 2021

Destination: Miami

7.7Complicada

Tuve dificultades para la recepcion del vehiculo en miami - el personal del alamo no aceptaba mi reserva por QEEQ, despues de un tiempo de explicacion con ellos se logro el preceso de la reserva, el Personal de ALAMO me exigio no volver a reservar por QEEQ, porque el la proxima oportunidad no me aceptarian la reserva. Esta es una recomendacion para los viajero a miami que reservan por alamo.

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Peter-London

November 30, 2021

Destination: Phoenix

9.7Hertz provded graet service in Phoenix, AZ.

As a "Gold Star" member verything was smooth and easy

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E.Pena Arenas

November 30, 2021

Destination: Dallas

10Excellent

Superó las expectativas

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R.GRAVES

November 30, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Great smooth service

Good car ready

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M.MARTINEZ

November 30, 2021

Destination: Dallas

7Good

Muy sucio por fuera y por dentro, inestable (tal vez por falta de amortiguadores).

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A.Pagan Rodriguez

November 30, 2021

Destination: Austin

7.7Good

El auto estaba todo abollado, el techo sucio, las gomas decían que faltaba presión

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R.Brown

November 30, 2021

Destination: Hawaii - Hawaii Island

9.7Awesome rental on Hawaii Big Island

Car was upgraded and nice.

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J.Long

November 30, 2021

Destination: Boston

8.7Good standard overall

Advised of additional (optional) insurance cover at time of pick up, had thought this was included when completing booking through QEEQ

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M.Quiroz Cely

November 30, 2021

Destination: Orlando

7.3Bueno pero complicado al principio

Nunca me indicaron que el carro no recogía en el aeropuerto de Orlando sino en otro aeropuerto a 1 hora ( Bronson) eso me hizo perder tiempo y dinero

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November 30, 2021

Destination: Charleston

9.3Excellent

The person who helped us at check in was marvellous

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W.Perez

November 29, 2021

Destination: New York

9.7Excellent

La recogida se demoró porque Budget cerró a las 11:00 PM en JFK y nos atendió otra empresa aliada con convenio

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G.Cruz Tellez

November 29, 2021

Destination: Miami

8.3Buena

Cambiar las cuchillas de limpia brizas delanteras y trasera del auto.

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S.Kelley

November 29, 2021

Destination: Seattle

7.7Overall good car rental experience.

The lady at the counter was high pressure in selling me extra insurance and also prepay a tank of gasoline. Didn’t want either and she almost insisted I get it. Other than that she was efficient.

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C.Brierley

November 29, 2021

Destination: Orlando

9.3Not my worst hiring experience but not my best either.

Hertz always try to upsell and tried to get us to buy an upgrade and when we refused told us we would have to have a free upgrade as they didn’t have any of our cars in.

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F.Ayala

November 29, 2021

Destination: Miami

7.3Me cobraron de más.

No respetaron mi reserva diciendo que no manejaban el tipo de vehículo que yo reserve. Que eran gamas inferiores que no manejaban. Me cobraron de más por supuestamente darme un mejor vehículo.

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E.Castillo

November 29, 2021

Destination: Miami

9.3Un hermoso viaje

Esta vez no trataron de venderme seguros.

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k.steele

November 29, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Hassle free experience

Excellent service great vehicle

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I.Sadek

November 29, 2021

Destination: Miami

7Great service at rental agency - car not clean and air conditioning did not work.

The car air conditioner did not work and we drive to the Florida keys

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R.MORENO VELAZQUEZ

November 29, 2021

Destination: Miami

8Very Good

No nos gusto que tengan publicidad engañosa, en QEED ya habíamos pagado 7600 y ACE según no cobraría un seguro básico y nos hicieron un cargo de 780 dólares, es un robo la renta nos salió en cerca de 24 mil cuando otras arrendadoras de auto cobraban entre 13-15 mil pesos ya con seguros incluidos

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Jorge Galeano

November 29, 2021

Destination: Houston

9Muy buena

Mucha demora para recoger el auto.

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J.Bennett

November 29, 2021

Destination: Orlando

9Very good value for money

We were waiting for quite a long time ,in the queue possibly due to time we arrived at 22.50hrs otherwise everything ran smoothly

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Grant Bosworth

November 29, 2021

Destination: Dallas

10Excellent

All good!

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L.Majerus

November 29, 2021

Destination: Tampa

9.7Positive experience - both QEEQ and Hertz to be recommended

Very nice people at Hertz front desk in Tampa airport. Place easy to find (plenty of signs for both car rental and specific companies). Car was in a technical very good condition. Easy to return the car. one small negative issue: Windshield was not clean (even trying to do it myself did not help in improvement) Issue was mentioned when car was returned and I was told they would look into the issue.

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N

November 29, 2021

Destination: Fort Myers

8.7Great customer service experience from QEEQ and Hertz

Worked very well. Customer service agent apologies for not being able to offer a Porsche. I was expecting all sorts of add ons at the counter but there weren't any.

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H.Rubio Orbe

November 29, 2021

Destination: Fort Lauderdale

7.7Good

Los precios tienen que ser más exactos, porque se viene acá y cobran mucho más de lo que se reserva

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S.MARKLAND

November 29, 2021

Destination: Orlando

8.3Simple booking process

No Screen wash and had to top up with oil. Otherwise no complaints. Nice comfortable car.

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D.Russell

November 29, 2021

Destination: Tampa

9.7Easy check in and check out

Good experience small wait to book in staff friendly and very quick handover when returning vehicle

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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