Taking an RV rental trip in the United States is easily one of the top road trip dreams amongst campers worldwide. There are so many different exciting areas in the country featuring so many activities, unique terrains, and individual experiences that the US has long been seen as one of the top places for a road trip in the world. Of course for non US citizens looking to take a road trip, no matter if you’re only traveling in one area or going across the whole country, there are a number of laws that you will want to be aware of, including a wide range of safety laws that you will want to know. Before setting out on your trip, make sure that you are educated on these laws so that your trip will go off as conveniently as possible and without any unnecessary hassles.
Buckle Those Seatbelts
No matter which area you may be traveling in, you are going to need to have your seatbelt buckled in any state in America. These are simply the laws, and they are written in stone in all counties and regions in the country. The same goes for any other passengers in your vehicle. This means that the driver must be strapped in, the individual in the passenger seat, and any travelers in the back of the RV as well. Should you get stopped on the road by police and have members of your traveling party not strapped in, you will be facing some fines for sure. So when traveling in America, as a rule of thumb, make sure that everyone in your touring party is properly seat belted every time the vehicle is in motion.
This is important not just because it’s the law and that you will be avoiding fines. It is important for the overall safety of you and your traveling companions. So stay buckled up on the American roadways and keep yourself both safe and out of trouble with the local authorities.
Unlike in some other countries, there are a variety of intricate RV regulations in America that you are going to want to pay attention to in order to avoid hefty fines. Unfortunately the laws tend to change from state to state and sometimes even from country to county. This is why you should always carefully research the laws in the area you will be traveling in. Once you have researched the specific laws, then make sure that your RV rental is fit to standard and within all of the laws in the locality. Make sure that anything being towed behind the vehicle is up to regulation, that the vehicle itself is within size and cargo limits, and any other laws that may be on the books in that region. This way you can travel with the peace of mind in knowing that you are well within the laws of the area and don’t have to worry about being stopped and receiving tickets and moving violations.
Just like with the seatbelt laws, keep in mind that these regulations are in place for your own ease of travel and safety.
Driver’s License & Proof Of Insurance
Again, this one is going to be different according to whichever state you may be traveling in. Before planning your trip, look up the license laws for the region or the country you wish to move through with your RV. Most states will accept valid International drivers license from a list of preferred countries, but you are going to want to make sure and look it up ahead of time. The penalty for driving without a proper license is severe in American and could even lead to handcuffs if you don’t have the right identification. For this reason, you are going to want to make sure that your license from your respective country is going to be accepted in the area you are traveling in.
The other thing to keep in mind is that insurance is required in all states and that you must have proof of that insurance on you at all times when driving. All reputable RV dealers are going to have their paperwork in order for their rentals, but you will want to double check to make sure ahead of time since this can lead to fines and trouble as well.
There are a litany of laws and rules in place in America in order to assure safety for all those on the roadway. Knowing about these laws when traveling in an RV rental can be the difference between getting into serious trouble or having a smooth, carefree road trip devoid of hassled with local law enforcement. As long as you do your research and figure out the laws in the area you will be traveling in, you will be well ahead of the curve, out of trouble, and most importantly safe in your journey.