Driving and Speed Limits in Houston

Unlike in the rest of US (and the World), the traffic lights in Houston (and whole Texas) are aligned horizontally, not vertically. Traffic congestion during the rush hour can get nasty in Houston, but car is practically the only option of getting along here. Parking space is ample in the larger Houston but parking in Downtown can be tricky.

Speed limits in Houston, Texas

Freeway (rural)70-80 mph
Freeway (urban)60 mph
Divided (rural)70-75 mph
Undivided (rural)70-75 mph
County (rural)60 mph
Residential (urban)30 mph
School zone20 mph

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Parking in Houston, Texas

Toll Roads in Houston, Texas

Alcohol limit in Houston, Texas

0.08% BAC limit
Under 21 zero alcohol tolerance
No open alcoholic beverages in the car

Cellphone use in Houston, Texas

Most US States forbid the use of cell phones without hands free controls - the driver can not even hold the phone while driving - no texting, no phone calls, it's against the law. Always check with your car rental provider about the actual situation during your car pick up.

Use of Headlights in Houston, Texas

you have to use your headlights:

- from sunset till sunrise

- when you use your wipers

- during certain weather conditions - e.g. cloudy, snowy, rain, foggy...

Child seats rules in Houston, Texas

The car seat regulations are quite complex and almost each US State has a different law.
Generally - Kids should use child seat or booster (depends on weight and height) until age 7 (incl.).
Children bellow age 13 should sit in the backseat.
http://ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/childsafety_laws.html

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