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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.

United States Red Kerb No Parking(Image from aarestriping.com)

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

United States Yellow Kerb Loading Only(Image from timeout.com)


 · 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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JENNIFER LAGUNA

June 19, 2021

Destination: Miami

10Excellent

El coche y el servicio superaron mis expectativas

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June 18, 2021

Destination: Miami

9.3Excellent

Me cambiaron el auto (Toyota Camrry) por un Mitsubishi Outlander, buen cambio pensando pensando la cantidad de personas y maletas.

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Salomón Morcos

June 18, 2021

Destination: McAllen

9.3Servicio muy bueno de Hertz

El coche estaba en condiciones buenas, sin embargo había ciertos daños que presentaba como chapa rota, y daños en las copas de las llantas, sin embargo el auto funcionaba perfectamente

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R.Buitrago

June 17, 2021

Destination: Pensacola

9.7Fantastic, easy and stress-free!!

The customer service was excellent. The clerk was very friendly and professional. He offered an upgrade for a larger, more comfortable vehicle. It was very much appreciated.

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June 15, 2021

Destination: Tampa

10Excellent

Everything went smooth and add expected

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June 15, 2021

Destination: Washington

9Best price I could find online, car in good condition, Budget experience could be better

Car was not cleaned properly prior to rental, particularly from outside. Their was a dent on the front left with bumper coming lose and it was not noted in the rental documents - I had to ask the security guy to ensure it was added and he later did

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A.Rawlins

June 15, 2021

Destination: Orlando

8Superb, very easy from start to finish with no worries or regret

Didn't wait long for the car but when I got it , my expectations was overly exceeded and satisfied.

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S.Ojeda

June 3, 2021

Destination: Pittsburgh

9.7Me agrado mucho el servicio es de muy buena calidad .

Si , era un auto en muy buenas condiciones.

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R.Medalla

June 3, 2021

Destination: Houston

9.3Excellent

Pick up location made me wait for over an hour for car availability then gave me an upgrade since no car was available for the class I booked. It was ok as the pick up location had a bunch of stores around, so just came back after an hour. Needed to change my return location, 15 minute wait on phone but was able to change no problem.

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C.MEDINA ROA

June 3, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Facil y comodo

Excelente servicio

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Utah visitor

June 2, 2021

Destination: Tucson

8.3Good, but long wait and expensive.

No one was at the Dollar Counter at Tucson Airport. Hertz counter helped customers for 3 different rental companies, and line was very long. Vehicle was new and in excellent condition, but prices doubled this year.

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V.Balaraman

June 2, 2021

Destination: New Orleans

10Excellent

The Car worked out great for us. We were travelling with a lot of luggage and were able to use the trunk space effectively and seat three of us comfortably.

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C.BONILLA PUERTO

June 2, 2021

Destination: New York

8Buen servicio!

El vehículo que me entregaron en NY olía mucho a cigarrillo. Mi trayecto incluía una parada en una ciudad llamada Syracuse. Me acerqué a la oficina de Budget en el aeropuerto y me hicieron el cambio sin problema.

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Lee

June 2, 2021

Destination: Fort Myers

10Excellent

The staff were friendly, but the location was understaffed, so pickup took an incredibly long time.

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H.LOPEZ COSIO

June 2, 2021

Destination: Houston

10auto con seguros incluidos a menor costo

las filas para recoger auto en HERTZ eran demasiado grandes, más de 25 personas esperando y solamente 2 personas en mostrador, deberían de tener más gente para hacer el proceso más rápido

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D.Stewart

June 1, 2021

Destination: Dallas

8.3Horrible! The 6 hour wait to get my vehicle was just too much.

It took me 6 hours to get rental vehicle. The car was clean but it had vibration issues. No spare tire was present and tires on the vehicle were not run flats. Scary situation since I am from out of the state.

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f.gomez

June 1, 2021

Destination: Miami

10Excelentes

El auto supero mis expectativas, pero la empresa estaba llena al momento de retirar el vehiculo

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M.Lustenberger

June 1, 2021

Destination: Orlando

9.7Excellent

very satisfied. Only downside, drop off point very far from our airline check in area.

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May 31, 2021

Destination: Orlando

9.3Excellent

Should stay open 24/7 like other brands on MCO had to go to the hotel and back next day since my flight got delayed

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Michelle Polo

May 31, 2021

Destination: New York

10Excellent

El coche superó mis expectativas todo limpio cómodo y muy amable el servicio

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Coleman Smith

May 30, 2021

Destination: New Orleans

8.7Very Good

Dollar was terrible. Waited 5 hours for my car.

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K.Martinez

May 30, 2021

Destination: Miami

9Bendecidos!

Una Señora de Dollar fue una super malcriada, teniamos 2 reservas 1 inicial y otra al momento de entregar el 1er vehículo y recoger el 2do era ilógico hacer una fila inmensa si acababamos de entregar un auto y teniamos q recoger el 2do pero los muchachos del lugar de entrega resolvieron amablemente ya q teniamos un compromiso y estabamos tarde

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May 30, 2021

Destination: Houston

9Excellent

Los vidrios estaban sucios o manchados y afectaba la visibilidad.

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l.colmenares

May 29, 2021

Destination: Hawaii - Maui Island

10excelente

excelente atención, todo salí muy bien, gracias

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M.Vasquez

May 28, 2021

Destination: Los Angeles

10Lo mejor que he encontrado para alquiler de vehículos

El auto lleno todas nuestras expectativas, vehiculo nuevo

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W.TORO

May 28, 2021

Destination: San Antonio

10Excellent

Friendly staff at that office. Fast service. Good price

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May 28, 2021

Destination: Houston

8demasiado tiempo de espera para que me atendieran en mostrador PESIMO SERVICIO

el coche bien, pero tarde 2:30 hrs de espera para que me tocara llegar al mostrador, (habían literal mas de 100 personas delante de mi en la fila) y el proceso una vez que llegue a mostrador fue fluido y muy rápido pero no puede ser que solo tengan dos personas para atender tanto flujo de pasajeros.

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A.ARGOTE

May 27, 2021

Destination: Fort Lauderdale

10Muy buena

Sugerencia si es posible reducir el tiempo de espera para reclamar el auto sería ideal . Gracias

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A.Cueto

April 29, 2021

Destination: Nashville

10Exlente

Si me gustaría que el vehículo que dice entreguen el mismo o similar

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April 28, 2021

Destination: Houston

8Precio del servicio recibido costoso

Para mí era un carro suficiente en un carro pequeño iba a ser una asuntos personales de tres días sin embargo considero extremadamente costoso por el servicio recibido sin embargo no tenía opción y es por ello que opté por rentar el carro con ustedes

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Y.Hernandez

April 28, 2021

Destination: Orlando

10Bueno

El proseso fue muy bueno tan to en El caunter Como Al recoger El auto

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April 27, 2021

Destination: Los Angeles

10良かったです。

車種が多くで良かった。

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C.Fowler

April 27, 2021

Destination: Adelaide

9.3Very good

The girl at the counter was excellent.

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Javier

April 27, 2021

Destination: Houston

10Great experience

Great car

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H.COLONNA BAENA

April 27, 2021

Destination: Los Angeles

10Fácil y confiable.

Me hicieron upgrade por 25 dólares más al día.

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J.Calvillo Rello

April 27, 2021

Destination: Houston

8.7muy buena una vez que tuvimos el auto

el tiempo que tuvimos que esperar en la fila para que nos asignaran un auto fue muy alto, a pesar que teniamos ya una reserva de auto, creo que esto es lo que podriamos mejorar, pues no solo fue el tiempo, que ademas todo el complejo de renta de autos esta MUY lleno y eso nos expone mucho como personas en tiempso de pandemia

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A.Soto Abril

April 27, 2021

Destination: Tucson

10Good

The car was in ok conditiona

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M.Gerberoff Juri

April 27, 2021

Destination: San Francisco

9.7Bueno

Estuvimos más de hora y media hasta que nos atendieron en el mostrador para darnos el coche

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J.Zuleta Valencia

April 27, 2021

Destination: Key West

9Excelente vehículo - precio...

Más claridad en la hora exacta de recogida, para saber la hora máxima de entrega del vehículo, me Cobraron una hora que me pase de la entrega, nos perdimos al ingresar al edificio del Rental car, casi lo que valió el alquiler del vehículo. No es justo.

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M.Hinds

April 26, 2021

Destination: Phoenix

8Very Good

I paid $432.00 for two days which is outrageous. Other than that, all was good.

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E.Aguilar

April 26, 2021

Destination: Dallas

8Very Good

I wait mare 30min. To get the car

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J.Martinez

April 25, 2021

Destination: Houston

8.3Los precios no son reales, el seguro contra terceros no lo respetan

La arrendadora no respetó el seguro contra terceros que decía mi reservación que incluía. Ellos dijeron que no estaba en la reservación. Tuve que pagar otros 60 dólares adicionales por la cobertura contra terceros

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C.Dias Revilla

April 25, 2021

Destination: Fort Lauderdale

8.7Good

Good

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April 23, 2021

Destination: Saginaw

9.7Excellent

Very happy with Tahoe

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T.Hart

April 23, 2021

Destination: Las Vegas

8.7Exceeded expectations! Perfect is good enough for me!

The car exceeded my expectations it was a great vehicle I may buy one now!

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Richard Gandara

April 23, 2021

Destination: Houston

7.7I was overcharged. I booked a $308 deal and I ended up paying $526 (70% more!).

I was overcharged. I reserved a US$308 including insurance and when I got to the counter they carghed me US$386 and they charged me US$140 the day after I returened the car. I feel scammed. I didn't even get an invoice while I was offrdd to get one by email.

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J.Janineh

April 22, 2021

Destination: New Orleans

9.3Excellent

Al momento de recoger el vehículo tuve que hacer fila por mas de 1 hora. Esa noche solo habían 2 personas atendiendo las entregas de Hertz, Thrifty y Dollar.

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F.Alarcon Garza

April 21, 2021

Destination: Dallas

8Buen auto, comodo y amplio, a buen precio , solo mucha espera y faltó limpieza

Mi auto en su comodidad superó mis expectativas Buen precio y me agrada que sean modelos nuevos

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M.Mauvezin

April 21, 2021

Destination: Houston

8PAGAS MAS

Lamentablemente cuando llegas al mostrador la reserva no contiene ni peajes ni seguros obligatorios por lo cual tuvimos que pagar 100 dolares mas x solo 3 dias de alquiler. Esto no estaba claro al reservar, convenía con ALAMO

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April 21, 2021

Destination: Jacksonville

10Great!

Great!

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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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