If you're relocating
to the U.S., there will be a virtually endless number of places that you can
visit both in your new state and outside of it. The United States has more than
4 million miles of road that connects its cities and rural areas, and if you'll
be travelling for business or pleasure, understanding the American highway
system can help you get to where you're going safely and easily.
Nearly all large,
multi-lane roads that travel across state lines are called "interstates". You may also sometimes hear these roads referred to as "freeways" or
"expressways." The interstates are typically the fastest way to get
between two places.
Understanding the way major highways are numbered can help make it easier for you to navigate
the U.S. Interstate system.
- Even numbers
indicate that a highway runs east-west
- Odd numbers indicate
that a highway runs north-south
- One and two-digit
numbers are used for major direct routes
- Three digit numbers
are used for arteries or roads that connect interstates, and are typically used
to navigate major cities
Using the Interstate
are accessed and exited via ramps. All ramps are assigned a number, and signs
are used to display the exit numbers, the names of major towns and the numbers
of the connecting roads found at the exits. Along many interstates, you'll find
rest stops with bathrooms and food, such as vending machines or restaurants.
These facilities allow you to take a rest break without having to exit the
The rules for driving
on highways vary from state to state, even if you're traveling on the same
road. Speed limits range from 50 to 75 miles per hour and will be marked on
signs along the right-hand side of the road.
Most interstates are
at least two lanes wide, and many have three lanes. The left-hand lane is
always reserved for passing traffic, while slow-moving vehicles should use the
right-hand side. Each state has its own safety laws, but it's a good idea to
wear your seat belt no matter where you're traveling.
If you're preparing
for a move to the U.S., Chess Moving can help you import your car, so that you
can use it explore America's highways.