From Route 66 to New Orleans, driving in America is an incredible experience. With over 3,000 Hertz Car Rental branches across the USA, you’re never far from the perfect opportunity to hire a premium quality car quickly, easily and at great value.
Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, New Mexico and Vegas – with all these fabulous sights to see, hiring a car in America is a must. Cruise along the highways, discover the lost towns of Route 66, and live your road-trip dream in any of the 50 states.
Hertz Car Rental has more than 3,000 car rental branches in America at all the key locations including airports, train stations and large hotels. Whether you are in Alabama or Wyoming, Hertz Car Rental make it easy for you to hire a car wherever your journey takes you.
Rules and regulations can differ between states, so it’s worth making sure you familiarise yourself with these before you set off. You can do this at https://www.usa.gov/visitors-driving.
There are some rules that most adhere to. You may need to apply for an international driving permit (IDP) before you visit. This depends on the state so check what the state's requirements are before you leave. Carry this, along with your licence, with you at all times.
In USA the police are keen when it comes to handing out tickets (fines) for driving misdemeanours. Make sure you aren’t caught out by remembering the following:
• The general speed limit of highways in the United States is 65mph (104kph). There will be speed signs every few feet, and the limits are rigorously enforced.
• Seatbelts are required for the driver and all passengers.
• You must stop for all school buses with their red lights flashing, on both sides of the road.
• If you are pulled over by the police, drive to the side of the road, turn the engine off and place both hands on the steering wheel and wait for instructions. Do not exit the vehicle unless specifically told to by the police officer.
• Don’t drink and drive. The limit in the USA is much lower than in other countries. It’s also illegal in most states to have any open bottles of alcohol in the car.
• You cannot use a mobile phone whilst driving, without hands free.
• If you break down you must move your car out of the traffic lane when it is safe to do so.
• Watch for the signs. You can turn right on a red light, unless there is a sign that explicitly says “no turn on red”.
• “Yield” means give way.
The motor industry shaped the US and created a nation of travellers, road-trips, motels and drive in ‘movie theatres’.
The true ‘Motor City’ is Detroit. Ford, Dodge, Chrysler and Olds, all started there in the late 1800s, and it’s still the headquarters of the big three (Ford, Chrysler and General Motors).
In January Detroit hosts the North American International Auto Show, and in August the Woodward Dream Cruise welcomes more than 40,000 classic and special-interest cars. It's the largest car event in the world, attracting a staggering 1.7million visitors.
Head to Indianapolis to witness the largest single day sporting event in the world – the Indianapolis 500, where 33 cars travelling at speeds of up to 200mph (320kph) complete 500 miles (804km) to get a share of the $10million prize.
If you’re looking for something more scenic then take the legendary Route 66 - the real American dream road trip. This iconic route will take you from Chicago to LA, passing Albuquerque, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
• Minimum car rental age: The standard minimum age to hire a car in the US is 25. However, those over the age of 20 can pay an Age Differential Charge, which starts at $27 per day. Keeping in mind that the minimum age for Adrenaline, Dream and Prestige Collections is 25 with no option of an Age Differential Charge.
• Average Speed limits: The average speed limit on the Freeway is 65mph (104kph). These can vary from state to state, so watch out for speed signs which will be places at regular intervals.
• Toll roads and additional charges: There are quite a few toll roads in America and they only accept cash, so it is worth having lots of quarters. In many of the big cities you will need to pay for parking in 15 minute increments, so a roll of quarters will come in handy here too.
Valid driving licence and IDP if required by the state you are visiting.
If you are planning to pay by card, please bring your credit card and passport.