1. What is the typical speed limit in California?
The speed limit is typically 65-70 mph on freeways and 20-30 mph in residential areas. However, it's always important to follow posted speed limit signs.
2. Do I need an international driver's license to drive in California?
International visitors can drive in California with a valid driver's license from their home country. However, it is recommended to have an International Driving Permit that contains translations and vital information.
3. Are there many speed cameras in California?
California does have speed cameras, particularly in urban areas. It's always best to follow the speed limits and drive safely to avoid fines.
4. Do you have to pay for all the toll roads in California?
Not all California roads have tolls but some bridges, express lanes and highways do. A 'FasTrak' transponder is often used to pay in these areas.
5. What are some general driving rules in California?
Always drive on the right side of the road. No turns are allowed on red in some areas unlike other states. Always yield to pedestrians and follow the speed limit.
6. Where can I park my RV overnight in California?
Many RV parks, campgrounds and certain Walmarts allow overnight parking. Always ensure to check local ordinances and restrictions when deciding on where to park your RV overnight.
7. What do I do if I get into a car accident?
In the unfortunate event of an accident, call 911 if anyone is injured. Also ensure to exchange insurance information with the other driver and report the accident to law enforcement and your insurance company.
8. How often are there service stations in California?
Service stations are commonplace and you should have no trouble finding one when needed. They are particularly abundant on main highways.
9. How are the road conditions in California?
Care must be taken when driving in rural or mountainous areas due to possible hazards. Always be aware of the forecast and current road conditions.
10. Can I drive through National Parks in California with my RV?
Yes, although there might be restrictions on the size of RVs that are allowed in certain parks. Always check the specific rules for each park before your visit.
11. Is it mandatory to use turn signals in California?
Yes, the use of turn signals is mandatory to change lanes or turn in California.
12. Can I freely change lanes on California highways?
You are allowed to change lanes but it must be done safely. Simply ensure you have enough space, use your turn signal, and very importantly, do not cross solid lines.
13. Is lane splitting allowed in California?
Lane-splitting, the act of driving between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic, is technically legal in California but it is intended more for the use of motorcyclists and should be avoided in an RV.
14. Can I drive my RV in the carpool lane?
Yes, as long as there are the required number of people in the vehicle. The general rule for carpool lanes in California is 2 or more occupants per vehicle.
15. Are there any special rules or tips for driving an RV in California?
Driving an RV requires more attention to the vehicle's size and speed. Be sure to know the height of your RV to avoid striking overhead objects and always maintain a safe following distance. California's Department of Transport also recommends avoiding travel during heavy traffic periods whenever possible.