I'm going to visit a friend in Florida around new years, but I have never driven in america before..
I'm 18 yrs old and live in Norway, I found some rental car companies that would rent cars to me even though im only 18.
But I have never driven in America before, so there are two things i need answered before I go..
1: I like road trips, and found out that it is cheaper for me to fly to New York and then rent a car and drive to Orlando, FLorida than just fly all the way down. And I thought it might be fun since it's in a new country and i kinda enjoy driving! I saw on google maps that the trip would take 16-20 hours each way with various traffic, I have never driven for this long before so I was wondering if there are any people on this forum that have taken one of these kinds of road trips and can tell me if it'll be worth saving a lot of money on? Will it be kinda "fun", or will it be hell on earth?
(Sub-question): Google maps told me to keep I-95 all the way down. Is it best to always stay on the interstate, or could it be smart to go on to the US-routes that run parallell to the freeway when traffic gets high?
2: I have some problems when it comes to speed limits in america..!
Where I come from (Norway), there is a special speed limit system that goes like this: If you drive inside densely populated areas, the speed limit is automatically 50 kilometers per hour if there are no speed limit signs. And if you drive outside densely populated areas, the speed limit is automatically 80 kilometers per hour if there are no speed limit signs. Though this rule does not apply if there are physical speed limit signs on the road. This rule exists for several reasons, one of which is so there wont be a need for physical speed limit signs everywhere.
So if i enter a rural highway in the "woods" in Norway, there won't be a speed limit sign since the common rule is that im supposed to drive 80 kph there since its outside a densely populated area.
Is there a system like this in America too?? Or will there always be speed limit signs on all roads? I checked on google maps, going foot by foot on a freeway from an entrance to check for a speed limit sign, and I failed to find one after checking several miles along the road.. So in what speed would I have been supposed to go in here after entering the freeway??
Thanks a lot in advance for answers!