Driving Side

Right hand side of the road

Left hand side of the road

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Maximum Speed Limits

  • 32-105
  • 40-121
  • 105-121

Speed limits vary between states, with Texas having the highest limits and Alaska the lowest.

  • 50
  • 100
  • 100

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Unusual Road signs

  • Environmental study

  • Night speed

  • Stop ahead

  • Crosswalk ahead

  • Kiwis present

  • Loose chippings

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Blood alcohol limit

0.08%

Limit: 0.08%

0.05%

Limit: 0.05%

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Road traffic death rate

per 100,000 population

10.6

Death Rate: 10.6

6

Death Rate: 6

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Some local road rules

Road Rules

Anywhere in the USA apart from New York City, drivers may make a right turn at a red stop light, unless otherwise indicated. They must still stop their vehicle completely before making the turn.

Road Rules

All children under seven years of age must be secured in an approved child seat. These can be rented from dealers.

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About

We've scoured the world to find out how driving differs from country to country – everything from speed limits to unusual road signs and local laws. Select two countries and find out how their traffic laws compare side-by-side.

Disclaimer

This is a sample selection of road rules and does not represent a comprehensive guide to driving in this country. For more information on safe driving in these countries, please visit:

New Zealand: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/

USA: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/rdsfty002.htm

UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code

Thailand: http://driving.information.in.th/

China: http://www.driving-in.com/china/

Singapore: https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/roads-and-motoring/driving-in-and-out-of-singapore.html

India: https://www.angloinfo.com/india/how-to/india-transport-driving

Japan: http://www.driving-in.com/japan/

Vietnam: https://www.angloinfo.com/vietnam/how-to/vietnam-transport-driving

Hong Kong: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/road_safety/safe_motoring_guides/index.html

Italy: http://www.italia.it/en/useful-info/rules-to-drive-in-italy.html

France: http://about-france.com/driving-checklist.htm

Canada: http://www.driving-in.com/canada/

Germany: http://www.howtogermany.com/pages/driving.html

South Africa: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/advice/driving.htm

Spain: http://www.spain.info/en/informacion-practica/consejos-viaje/consejos-practicos/conducir_en_espana/

Ireland: http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/about-ireland/travelling-within-ireland/travelling-by-road-in-ireland/

Greece: http://www.driving-in.com/greece/

Mexico: http://www.mexperience.com/lifestyle/transport/driving-in-mexico/

Dominican Republic: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/safety-and-security

Resource

WHO Global status report on road safety 2015

(http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2015/en/)

Australia: http://www.sydney.com.au/driving-in-australia.htm http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/nt-open-speed-limits-extended-20160707-gq184y.html http://www.ntc.gov.au/Media/Reports/(F1D63B25-98A0-8E5A-EBD4-BA6FC69ABF7D).pdf

New Zealand: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/vehicle-safety/safety-belts-and-restraints/child-restraints/using-child-restraints-in-new-zealand/

USA: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/ssi09_rightonred.pdf

UK: http://mentalfloss.com/uk/law/27291/do-tractors-have-to-pull-over-if-theyre-causing-a-queue

Thailand: https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/thailand/a-traveller-s-guide-to-thailand-s-laws

China: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/IK21Ad01.html

Singapore: http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/aol/search/display/view.w3p;orderBy=date-rev,loadTime;page=0;query=Id%3Acd086910-271f-4b46-b9b2-5bec4859422f;rec=0

India: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22772391

Japan: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/winter-driving-etiquette-what-to-do-about-pedestrians-and-puddles/article17114554/

Vietnam: http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Vietnam/sub5_9f/entry-3464.html

Hong Kong: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/road_safety/road_users_code/index/chapter_2_for_pedestrians/crossing_the_road_at_traffic_light_junctions_/index.html

Italy: http://www.petsinitaly.com/home/useful-information/travelling-with-your-pet-in-italy/

France: http://www.drive-france.com/products/spare-bulbs-kit/ https://www.angloinfo.com/france/how-to/france-transport-driving

Canada: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commuting/do-i-legally-have-to-honk-before-passing-in-pei/article25989647/

Germany: http://www.gettingaroundgermany.info/autobahn.shtml

South Africa: http://www.getyourlearners.co.za/revise/rules-of-the-road?start=13

Spain: http://www.expatica.com/es/about/Driving-and-parking-in-Spain_101425.html

Ireland: http://www.etoll.ie/driving-on-toll-roads/information-for-visitors/

Greece: http://www.rac.co.uk/driving-abroad/greece

Mexico: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g150768-c108155/Mexico:Driving.In.Mexico.html

Dominican Republic: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic/safety-and-security