Driving Florida is a Southern state in the United States, it forms a long peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. If you are not used to this you should try driving around a few blocks several times to ensure you get the feel of it before embarking on a journey.
Florida "Standard" Speed Limits Please note, these are in miles per hour (MPH) not KMs. Municipal Speed Areas 30 Business or Residential Area 30 Rural Interstate 70* Limited Access Highways 70 All Other Roads and Highways 55** School Zones 20
*Speed limits are 70 MPH on some rural interstate highways. **The 55 MPH maximum speed limit is still in effect in Florida except where otherwise posted.
Speed limits may be changed on other multi-lane highways and in areas where the conditions require lower speeds. Drivers should not assume because the area appears to be a particular urban, municipality, business or highway area that the speed is the standard or expected speed zone. You should look out for and obey the posted speed signs as there may be frequent changes from area to area.
Driving Too Slowly is also Against the Law The best idea is to drive within the speed limit and with the flow of traffic. Make sure you plan where you are going first as you should not drive so slowly that you block other vehicles moving at normal, safe speeds while, for example, you are looking for a sign post or location. Please note, you can be issued a ticket for driving too slowly. An example of the speed range is that when the posted speed limit is 70 mph, the minimum speed limit is 50 mph.
Stop/Right of Way You must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians at stop signs. Then move forward only when the road is clear. At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.
Safety Like all major places in the world, travellers should also be alert to the potential dangers of car and street crime in cities and should use common sense and take basic precautions. Where possible avoid wearing expensive jewellery and walking in quiet areas, places with poor lighting or run down areas and try to stick to main highways and use well-lit car parks. Don’t sleep in your vehicle on the roadside or in rest areas and avoid leaving luggage or any items such as sunglasses on display in cars (in other words don’t provide a temptation for an opportuntuist thief). Stay safe and have a great time.
Places to see To see a map of Florida and find out more about local areas including fun things to do, weather, where to go on a tankful of gas, parks, visitor services and more, go to: visitflorida.com/destinations/
Events If you’d like to find out about the huge range of things to do in Florida including; attractions, beaches, boating and fishing, diving and snorkeling, nightlife and dining, luxury treats, family fun, shopping, history and culture to the great outdoors and more, it’s all here for everyone from singles, to couples, families, groups or however you like to travel. To discover this wide variety of information and to pre-book events online go to: visitflorida.com/experience/
Weather Florida is known as the Sunshine State with a very interesting explanation of what "Florida" actually means - it is a Spanish adjective meaning "flowery". This is because it was discovered by Spanish explorers during the Easter season (or Pascua Florida in Spanish).
To find detailed weather information on Florida, visit: wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Florida Click on the county or city you’re interested in within Florida and you can scroll down and see year round averages to get an idea of what the weather may be like when you plan to visit (in the History & Almanac section click on Seasonal Weather Averages).
Currency The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars. Banking hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Make sure you have some cash handy for when you arrive as you may need to tip (see Tipping below) or you may have to pay for road tolls at some stage of your journey.
Public Holidays To find the lastest list of public holidays in Florida go to: bank-holidays.com/holidays_2006_349.htm
Time Zones There are two time zones operating in Florida. The Western part of the Florida operates on the Central Time Zone, which is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The Eastern part of Florida (which includes all the major towns and cities) is in the Eastern Time Zone, which is 5 hours behind GMT (GMT -4 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).
To find out more, or to see what the time in Florida is right now, visit: http://wwp.florida-us.net/
Tipping In Florida a tip of 15% is usually expected by taxi drivers, bartenders, hairdressers and waiters, however you don't need to tip in fast-food or self-service restaurants. In more exclusive restaurants or if you have a large group of people it is customary to tip 20% of the bill. It is normal to tip staff in hotels and in more expensive accommodation there is sometimes a bed tax, often as high as 15%, and it is worth checking that this is included in the quote.
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