Getting around in Georgia is fairly straightforward, and you won’t have to deal with some of the traffic of other states. Outside of cities like Atlanta, Savannah, and Macon, much of the state of rural, making it perfect for your 2019 road trip. Here are some rules and regulations you should be aware of before hitting the road.
Driving Rules & Regulations
General & Safety
- It is prohibited to use your cell phone while driving. This ban applies to text messages, instant messages, email and Internet data.
- Yield to all highway maintenance vehicles and workers in a construction zone;
- When a school bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children, the driver of the bus will activate flashing yellow lights. When these flashing yellow lights are activated, all drivers approaching the school bus should slow down and be prepared to stop. Once the flashing lights have turned red and the stop signs have extended from the side of the bus, it is unlawful for any vehicle to pass the stopped school bus while it is loading or unloading passengers.
- If an emergency or police vehicle is approaching, slow down and move to the right shoulder of the road. If you are on a multilane road, move to the right-hand lane if possible.
Turns & Overtaking
- Unless a sign posted at that intersection prohibits doing so, it is permissible to make a right turn on red at an intersection controlled by a traffic control light.
- Unless a sign posted at that intersection prohibits doing so, it is permissible to make a left turn on red from the left lane of a one-way street onto a one-way street on which the traffic moves toward the driver’s left.
Right of Way
- When traveling on a roadway that intersects with another roadway, if you are faced with a stop sign, but other traffic is not, you may proceed only after stopping and yielding the right-of-way to any other vehicle or pedestrian either in the intersection, or so close to the intersection as to make it dangerous to travel through the intersection.
- At intersections where there are no stop signs, yield signs or other traffic signals, if two vehicles come to the intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield to the driver of the vehicle on the right.
- At a four-way intersection where all drivers are faced with stop signs, all drivers must yield to pedestrians; otherwise the vehicles should proceed through the intersection in a first to arrive, first to proceed order. If two vehicles reach the intersection at approximately the same time, yield to any vehicles on your right.
- If another driver tries to take your turn, even if you have the right-of-way, let the other driver proceed in order to prevent a crash.
- When making a left turn at an intersection, or into an alley or driveway, yield the right-of-way to all traffic coming from the opposite direction.
Some areas, such as school zones or construction zones, may be posted for lower maximum speed limits, so please be aware of signs. When there are two or more lanes for traffic moving in the same direction, slower vehicles should use the right lane except when passing or making a left turn. On certain highways and interstate roads, minimum speed limits are posted.
|Within city limits:||25-45 mph|
|Undivided rural road:||55 mph|
|Divided rural road:||65 mph|
|Freeway within city limits:||55-70 mph|
|Freeway outside city limits:||70 mph|
Sixt Car Rental in Georgia
Now that you have read our driving tips, you’re ready to start your Georgia road trip. If you are heading to Atlanta you will be glad to have a car rental to get around. You can visit the headquarters of Coca-Cola or the Olympic Park. Or drive to the coastal city of Savannah for its unique architecture and delicious food. For a taste of life outside the larger cities, head to the college town of Athens.
Andrea enjoys exploring different countries and eating all of their foods, especially if they’re spicy.