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Car hire driving information USA

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
A rental car is really a must if you want to explore this vast country. This enormous country has over 6.4 million kilometers of road and 600 000 bridges! Wherever you wish to go you can go with a car. Many states have toll roads. Speed limits and regulations differ from state to state. Driving in the United States is really easy and fun.

To be able to rent a car in the USA, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category and State) and have held your driver?s license for at least 1 year (varies from State to State). For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. If your license is in English you do not need an International Driver?s license. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 5 must be seated in a child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in the USA are set by each State but are generally:

  • Town and city: approx. 40 km/h/25mph
  • Open Roads: approx. 90-100 km/h/55-65mph
  • Motorways: approx. 112 km/h/70mph

Traffic restrictions
In the USA you drive on the right side of the road. Always give right of way to pedestrians, bikers, school buses, police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.

Petrol stations are very easy to find and fuel cost less here than in Ireland.

Several American states have toll motorways. You collect a ticket when entering the road and pay in the toll booth while exiting.

On street parking is often not allowed. Remember to only park in designated areas. Avoid parking where there is a yellow or white line painted on the curb. Finding a parking lot is very easy in the United States.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance in the USA varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven to Canada. If you wish to drive outside of USA you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
When hiring a car in the USA you can drive it to Canada. If you wish to travel to Mexico it is only possible from certain locations and with certain vehicle types. Extra fees for traveling abroad may apply. Let us know when you book if you plan on taking the rental car abroad. Give us a ring if you have further questions. Our toll free number is 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. International one ways are not allowed.

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