Your safety is very important. Use common sense and please read a little about safety tips.
Driving may be a necessary means of transportation if public transit is unavailable. This will require that you rent a car and obtain auto insurance in accordance with state law. Please note that each state has different minimum automobile insurance coverage laws.
Health insurance provided by United Studies does not suffice as auto insurance.
Many rental companies will not rent vehicles to anyone under 25 and those that do typically charge much higher rates for renters under that age. You will need a valid driver’s license and possibly an international permit. The local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), local police department or state Department of Transportation (DOT) can provide you with additional information regarding insurance requirements and rules of the road. If you choose to drive in the U.S. you are subject to all traffic laws and their punishments so be sure to know the rules of the road before you go! Insurance and driver’s license requirements also apply to the operation of motorcycles. Use the links below to prepare for driving in the U.S. and don’t forget – we drive on the right hand side of the road!
Bicycles are an inexpensive, effective means of transportation. They are readily available in most major superstores (Walmart and Target) and sporting good stores (Academy and Dick’s). Used bicycles are also easily found online (Craigslist and eBay) and in the classified section of local newspapers. Newspapers and online listings are also effective ways to sell your bike when your program is complete.
While bikes are cheap and can meet your transportation needs, they can be dangerous. Follow these safety tips:
- Wear a helmet and bright clothes every time you ride
- Make sure your bike has reflectors on both the front and back
- Get a bike lock and use it to secure your bicycle when it is parked outside
- If riding at night, install lights on the front and back and only ride at night if you must
- Ride in designated lanes only and check for bicycle road signs
- Learn and use hand signals to indicate a change in direction
- Ride with traffic not against it and avoid riding in the middle of the road
- Don’t assume someone can see you or will stop for you
For more safety tips, look here.
Here is a video from the Department of State about Bike Safety.
Be careful when out walking by yourself. Avoid dangerous parts of town.
- If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Women – keep your purse closed
- Men – in crowded areas, put your wallet in your front pocket
Mom says to wait three hours before swimming after eating.