Major travel changes prompt urgent warning to drivers over new driving laws

UK mobile phone driving laws explained by the RAC

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The international travel ban between the USA and the UK will come to an end on Monday, November 8. Foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the USA if they are fully vaccinated, and undergo testing and contact tracing.

As more countries open their borders, people will be looking to set off abroad, with some holidaymakers looking to return to the roads in the USA.

It will have been almost two years since travel between the two nations was normal and with different habits post-pandemic, many will be looking to hire a car to venture the States on their trip.

Motorists do have to be careful however, with countless laws which will differ from UK driving laws.

Potentially the most well known difference between UK and US road rules is the side of the road people drive on, with the UK designated to the left side and Americans on the right.

UK laws deem it illegal for drivers to use a handheld device whilst driving a vehicle.

Drivers must instead utilise hands free devices, with any windshield or dashboard mounts in no way obstructing the view of the road. 

In America however, the rules of the road regarding handheld devices are different depending on the state.

In most states, it is illegal to use a handheld device to text while driving, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico.

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When driving in Arizona and South Carolina, road users must be using a hands-free device.

Montana is the only state that doesn’t have a statewide law restricting the use of cell phones while driving in some manner.

A recent survey by West Yorkshire Police showed that Brits aged between 17 and 34 have the lowest compliance rate combined with the highest accident rate.

UK legislation states that any person in a car over 12 years old or over 135cm tall must be wearing a seat belt at all times.

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