1. Which side of the road should I drive on in Tampa?
In Tampa, as in the rest of the United States, you should drive on the right-hand side of the road.
2. What are the speed limits in Tampa and the rest of the country?
In general, speed limits in Tampa and the rest of Florida are: interstate highways: 70 mph (112 km/h); four-lane highways: 65 mph (105 km/h); other state highways: 60 mph (97 km/h); business and residential districts: 30 mph (48 km/h); school zones: 20 mph (32 km/h).
3. Can I drive in Tampa with my foreign driving license?
Yes, you can use a foreign license to drive in Tampa for up to one year. However, it is recommended that you obtain an International Driving Permit in your home country before you travel to the United States.
4. Are there traffic cameras and radars in Tampa?
Yes, there are traffic cameras and radars installed throughout Tampa and the rest of Florida to monitor traffic and enforce speed limits.
5. Is there a toll road system in Tampa?
Yes, Tampa has a number of toll roads. Prices vary depending on the route and the number of axles your car has. It's recommended to have cash on hand as not all toll booths accept card payments.
6. What are some general rules of driving in Tampa?
In Tampa and the rest of Florida, you cannot make a U-turn where there is a NO U-TURN sign posted. Also, Right on Red is permitted unless otherwise posted by a sign.
7. How to understand and deal with the traffic in Tampa?
Traffic in Tampa can be heavy during rush hour (7-9 AM and 4-6 PM). Using GPS navigation systems or traffic apps can help understanding and dealing with the traffic in Tampa.
8. What should I know about parking in Tampa?
Street parking in Tampa is generally metered, and charges apply during the day but not at night or on Sundays. Parking lots and garages are also available around the city.
9. How much do I need to know about Florida’s 'Move Over' law?
Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit when you are passing law enforcement or other vehicles stopped on the roadside.
10. Is there any unusual driving laws specific to Tampa?
While not exclusive to Tampa, Florida law states that if an animal is in the road, you must stop until it has crossed. Squashing of road-crossing animals, in particular turtles, is against the law.
11. How is the visibility when driving at night in Tampa?
The visibility is generally good, with well-lit highways and streets. However, always be cautious of pedestrians, and keep your headlights clean and adjusted correctly.
12. What should I do in case of an accident in Tampa?
In the event of an accident, you should immediately notify the police. You should also notify your car rental agency as soon as possible.
13. Is it a requirement to have auto insurance in Tampa?
Yes, in Tampa and the rest of Florida, motorists are required to have auto insurance that includes at least $10,000 in personal injury protection and $10,000 in property damage liability.
14. Can I use my hands-free device while driving in Tampa?
Yes, you can use hands-free devices while driving in Tampa. However, Florida law prohibits manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device while driving.
15. How to deal with emergency vehicles on the roads in Tampa?
If an emergency vehicle is approaching you from behind while displaying flashing red or blue lights, Florida law requires you to pull over to the right side of the roadway and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.