In Florida, driving is fun: the roads are usually "always just", even in localities, the traffic is often four or more lanes, there is always in the centers of the few major cities always enough parking when shopping, in front of restaurant, etc. Your German driver's license is valid for a stay of up to six months, unless you move in, then different rules apply. A petrol station can always be found in your area and the locals, especially in South Florida, are already enjoying the "Caribbean-like" tranquility of their neighboring islands. Nevertheless, there are rules, of which we have listed the most important ones below.
In the US, right-hand traffic and overtaking is possible in Florida from left to right.
The maximum speed on most highways is 65 or 70 mph (miles per hour). That's 104 or 112 km / h. In some states, even 75 mph may be driven on the highways. The speed is always indicated. In urban areas, the speed limit is 55 mph. In towns and cities you can drive between 30 and 45 mph, often just 15 mph near school when yellow lights are flashing. You always have to pay attention to the signs.
There is a seat belt and child seat requirement, but motorcycle helmet duty exists only in some states.
Wonderful: At red lights you can turn right after you have completely come to a halt before. Prohibition signs on some mostly larger intersections lift this rule. In New York City you should not turn right at red traffic lights.
In Germany unimaginable: At intersections with four equal roads, the first arriving car has the right of way. That always works in Florida. If several vehicles arrive at the same time, the one to the right is to the left.
Emergency vehicles such as fire brigade, police, ambulance are to make room by quickly and safely forms an alley.
Drunk driving is generally prohibited, and in some states you may not even carry open alcohol containers throughout the vehicle. The alcohol limit is 0,08% and their non-compliance can lead to severe penalties.
If you see a police vehicle on the side of the road, whose policeman takes care of a road user, you have to change the track from the right to a left one if possible.
When a bus stops on a single-lane road, the traffic flow on both lanes must stop until the bus starts again. For multi-lane carriageways, the bus may be passed at walking pace.
If you are stopped by a police vehicle, you have to drive to the right. Stay calm in the car and do not dig in pockets or in the glove compartment during the supposed driver search. Traffic cops are very strict in Florida, but are also very friendly to European travelers. Do not argue, but show remorse and promise you improvement.