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Can You Go To US Festivals By Car As A Foreigner? Find Out Here

The United States is home to some of the most amazing music festivals in the world which include the likes of Woodstock and Summerfest. If you’re a music enthusiast who wants to visit these festivals and see their majesty right before your eyes, you’ll most likely need to drive yourself. While you can always book a cab or hitchhike your way to the destination, it’s always better to be able to drive yourself, especially in a foreign land. However, there’s a lot of ambiguity regarding the legality of driving in the USA as a foreigner, and many people hesitate because of this.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common doubts that people visiting the USA have. After you’re done reading this, you’ll know exactly how you can drive to your favorite festival in the USA. So without further delay, let’s get to it and find out everything you need to know about reaching the next music festival by car.

1. Duration and Validity

The USA is a vast country and each state has its own set of rules and regulations. It can be confusing to track each state’s rules on driving and the validity of your license as some of them require you to apply for an IDP. However, you should try and plan out according to the states you’ll be traveling through. While some states like Florida allow you to drive for just one month with the license from your home country, places like Michigan allow you to use it until its validity.

2. Requirements

Even though most of the international licenses are accepted in the USA, there are still some restrictions. First of all, your license should be printed in English in case it’s printed in a foreign language so that it can be checked as and when needed. You can rent a car and drive it even using a UK license in the US, so as long as it’s readable by officials of the USA, it’ll be accepted. Any license in your native language will not be accepted and crucial details like your name, date of birth, license number, and anything else should be readable in English only.

3. Additional Regulations

Other than the language requirement, there are also a few general rules that you should check if you want to drive in the USA. The minimum age of driving in the USA is 18 years and you should be 18 or above as well if you want to drive in the USA- and it doesn’t matter if the laws in your country allow you to drive at a younger age. You should also be free of any medical conditions that might make you unfit for driving for the safety of others and your own.

These are some of the things that you should know before you plan your next trip to the USA. Renting a car and going on a road trip to reach your desired music festival is an exhilarating experience and you should definitely not miss it out. If you follow the correct protocol and learn the local laws then you won’t have any trouble and you’ll be able to enjoy your stay much more


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