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Driving Hints in Florida

*       The information set out below is appropriate for driving in Florida only and may not be applicable to driving in other states

*       Remember 99.9% of hire cars are automatic.

*         The information below is offered as a guide only and visitors to Florida should familiarise themselves with current state driving laws.

*           Always carry your driving licence and rental agreements with you.

*           As in the UK you must wear a seat belt at all times.

*           The speed limit is generally 55mph although in non-urban areas it goes up-to 65mph.

*           If a school bus stops to let children off you are not allowed to overtake it.

*           You may turn right on a red traffic light after coming to a stop to make sure the way is clear, unless signs signify otherwise.

*           In the event of an accident, you must report it to the police immediately, also inform your car hire company.

*           On most express routes you will come across tollbooths, so it is a good idea to keep a couple of dollars in change, though often car rental vehicles are equiped to use Sun Pass lanes.

*           Most petrol stations are self-service and you have to flick up the lever on the pump before delivery of the fuel commences.

*           If you get caught in the rain, it is law that you must have your lights on and your windscreen wipers on.

*           Cars overtake you on either the inside or outside lanes, so watch your mirrors.

 Florida Sun & Sun Bathing

*           The Florida sun is hot so remember these points:

*           Burn time can be as short as 7 minutes in August.

*           Use plenty of sun lotion.

*           Head covering for younger children.

*           Use waterproof sun lotion for your children in places like Wet 'n Wild, the beach and round the pool.

*           The Pool screening will not stop you getting burnt - make sure you use a lotion with a high enough SPF.

If you are going to be out in the sun all day, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. For shorter outings, use one with an SPF of at least 15.No matter what the instructions say, re-apply sunscreen every hour or so, especially if you are swimming or perspiring a lot.

*           Drink plenty of fluids.

You need plenty of water to produce sweat, the body's method of regulating temperature. Water is also needed to transport glucose to hard-working (or playing!) muscles.

But don't count on thirst to let you know when you need a drink. It is recommended that you drink about 16 ounces two hours before exercising or spending time in the hot sun, 8 ounces every 15 or 20 minutes while exercising, and another 16 ounces after exercise.

So whether you're lounging by the pool or waiting in line at the theme parks, be sure to gulp down plenty of fluids, such as water, sports drinks, juices and non-carbonated beverages.

Electrical appliances

*     The voltage is 110/120 so you will need an adapter for European electrical goods. If you do not remember to buy one, they can be obtained in most tourist shopping areas. (ie you are not the first to have forgot).

*           VCR tapes and DVD's are Region 1 and will not play on European Region 2 players unless they have modified or are multi-region.