Driving in Orlando.

Driving in Orlando is not as hard as you think it may be.

It is very easy to find your way around on well signed roads.

It is very easy to find your way around on well signed roads.

The roads are wide and well maintained and once you know where you are driving to then it is very easy to drive from A to B.

Our dream rental homes are just a 40 minute easy drive from MCO.

Our dream rental homes are just a 40 minute easy drive from MCO.

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The first journey you drive will be from the airport to your accommodation so do study the directions and look at the maps before you depart so you know where you are going and to make driving easier.   Get to know your new car in the parking lot before you depart and nominate a co pilot to help you.  All the rental cars are automatic but sometimes the handbrake is different from UK ones i.e a footpedal under the dashboard.

The easiest option for guests is to rent a car from Orlando International or Orlando Sanford Airport.  All main car hire companies are at the airports and you can reserve a car before you leave the UK.

To rent a car you need to be 21 years at the time of rental. You do not need an international driving license to drive in Florida if you are travelling from the UK but you do need to take your photo ID with you and you will need to carry your driving license with you at all times.

There are many types of car to choose from dream sports cars to vans that will fit your extended family.

A popular family rental car parked outside W83

A popular family rental car parked outside W83

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A Few Driving Tips

  • Drive on the RIGHT – Remember to drive on the right. The driver should always be in the middle of the road.
  •   Keep your rental documents in the car at all times and a map.
  • Undertaking – You will notice that on the highway people will undertake you by driving past you in the slow lane. Remember to use your mirrors all the time. Trucks overtake and undertake not just cars so stick to an inside lane. Use your indicators and common sense if you want to undertake.
  • You can turn right on a red. If you arrive at an intersection and the lights are red then you need to STOP. But if you are planning to turn right you can usually go ahead and make the turn even when the light stays red as long as it is safe to do so and the road is clear ahead of you and there is no sign telling you that you cannot. No right turn on red.
  • You can turn left on flashing amber. As long as it is safe to do so.
  • Always STOP at STOP signs. You should always come to a complete Stop at a red stop even if the road is clear and you are the only vehicle at an intersection.
  • Buying Gas/Petrol. When filling up its usual to pay for the gas first by going into the kiosk. If you don’t use the full amount that you’ve paid just head back into the kiosk to get your change.
  • If you are stopped by the police for any reason stay in the car and wait for the police officer to come to you.
  • If it starts raining whilst driving it is Florida Law to turn on your headlights at the same time as your windscreen wipers. If there is a storm and you have difficulty seeing the road ahead,pull over and stop until visability improves.
  • If you have an accident in a deserted or dark place and there is likely to be minimal damage indicate to the other driver to follow you and drive to a populated area ( a garage/gas station is ideal.). Make sure you follow the instructions on your rental agreement and inform your rental company if you have an accident.
  • Keep your windows closed as this helps the airconditioning and keeps bugs out of the car.
  • Drinking and driving is not allowed under any circumstances. It is also against the law to carry any alcohol in the car so put all bottles in the boot/trunk of the car to avoid any problems.
  • When parking on the street you should always park facing the same way as the flow of traffic. If you park facing the other way then you may get a parking ticket. Do not park near a firehydrant.
  • Speeding is taken seriously so do drive with care and consideration keeping an eye out for road signs which will tell you the road’s speed limit.
  • If you see a school bus (big bright yellow bus) stopped with its lights flashing you are required to stop immediately and wait for the school bus lights to stop flashing. This applies even if you are on the other side of the road.
  • Florida Law requires safety belts for all front passengers and that children 5 and under MUST be restrained in child restraint devices and children 3 years and under MUST be placed in infant carriers or child car seats. Children 4 and 5 MUST be in a safety seat or wear a seat belt in the rear of a car.
    These two guests enjoyed driving from Orlando to Naples on their holiday.

    These two guests enjoyed driving from Orlando to Naples on their holiday.

     

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

A few tips on saving money in Orlando.

There is no doubt that a holiday to Orlando is expensive but with a little bit of thought and planning there are ways in which to save money during your holiday.

First of all book a vacation home.  http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

There are homes to suit all families and  most budgets.  From two bedroomed condominiums to the 13 bedroomed supervillas. Choose wisely and you will save money rather than booking rooms in a hotel.
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Drinks – not every drink needs to be bought from a vendor or in a restaurant. Visit the supermarket and buy bottles of water and take these out with you. I always freeze a couple of these (take a little bit of the water out first) and these will slowly defrost during the morning to ensure you always have a cool drink.

images-10You can also place the frozen bottle on the nape of your neck to help you cool down or on your forehead.

When the bottle is empty you can fill it up from the water fountains and add a little bit of juice (prebought) to help make it taste better. You can also ask for some water from any of the vendors who will give you some tap water free of charge.

It is important that you drink plenty of WATER  so that you don’t dehydrate.

Snacks – These are important to help keep up your energy levels. Snacks such as biscuits in individual packets,small packets of crisps, raisons, cereal bars and sweets can all be pre bought and taken out with you.

If you have a cool box it is a good idea to pack some snacks for the car journey back to the villa. Again freeze some drinks to help the cool box keep cool throughout the day.

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Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com