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Out-of-state drivers need to be careful when crossing state lines

North Carolina has beautiful scenic highways and routes that people love to travel, especially when the weather is warm and inviting. The state is known for its beaches and interesting cities, so it's no surprise that there are often tourists visiting.

The problem with tourists is that they aren't familiar with the state's traffic laws, roadways or drivers' typical behaviors. As a result, it's common to see people get into crashes when they've come from out of state.

What should out-of-state drivers keep in mind when traveling?

There are a few factors that could impact driving ability across state lines. One thing to remember is time changes. Some people, like those coming from California or the west, may find that time differences make it tricky to get from place to place. Once they reach North Carolina, they should make sure their watches are set correctly, so they can avoid rush hour and other times of day when traffic is busy.

Another thing to keep in mind is the differences in state driving laws. For example, in a state like Kentucky, the speed limit might be 70 mph on a highway while North Carolina might choose a different speed limit. Some states allow right-hand turns on red, while others strictly prohibit them. Those coming in from out of state need to get to know the state traffic laws before they arrive, because violating them due to ignorance is still a violation that can be held against them.

Remember that local drivers usually know where they're going, which means that out-of-state drivers might find themselves slowing down traffic. Out-of-state drivers can benefit from printing out a map or using GPS when traveling. They should also pull over or stop on the side of the road if they are blocking traffic to avoid causing conflict with other drivers.

Tourist season can be rough for people who call North Carolina home, but it's also an important part of the local economy. Tourists may not be familiar with state driving laws, but they still have a right to visit and drive. If you do notice that someone has violated a traffic law or is driving dangerously, it's a good idea to speak up, call the police and make sure that someone addresses their dangerous behavior with them. If you're hit, you may be able to hold them accountable, but it's always best if an accident can be prevented.

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