Things Every Traveler Should Know Visiting America | 8 Tips When Traveling to the US

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re doing something a little bit different. We’re going to cover
the quirky and important aspects of US life that visitors should know when
visiting the States. (light chiming music) A few months ago, we did a video on what I noticed when I
traveled to England. It was meant to be a fun and lighthearted video. Oddly enough
though, the video got a lot of attention and as
of today, has over 400,000 views. The video seems to be trending in the UK so
we had a lot of folks chime in on their thoughts. A lot of people shared their
experience in the US and some of the confusing aspects of our life and
culture. So today, I wanted to cover some of the biggest and most significant
differences, especially those that could really affect your experience while here.
While many of you in the US might not think that any of these things are
unique, I still think it’s useful to be mindful of them especially when you have
family and friends visiting from abroad. And for those of you who are watching
from outside of the US, particularly our new subscribers from the UK, I hope this
list is not only entertaining but also useful. I really tried to focus on
differences and tips that might save you time and keep you safe while visiting
the States. Lastly, before I run through the list, keep in mind that I’m
intentionally ignoring politics and guns. While these are very stark and unique
aspects of US culture, I’m really trying to avoid political debates on this
channel. So before you comment on our President or guns, just know I totally
get it, but this is not where I want to have that discussion. So, with that out of the
way, let’s go through the list. Number 1: Paying for gas. If you’re visiting the US,
you’ll notice that most gas stations will require you to pay for fuel in
advance before you start pumping. Most Americans will simply swipe their credit
card which then puts a hold on their account until they’re done fueling. This
can be a big problem for international visitors as the pumps are often not able
to process a hold or verify their credit card, especially since the US is a bit
behind on their payment technology. If you’re faced
with having to pay for gas, or petrol as the rest the world knows it, you probably
need to pay the attendant cash. For most cars, you can expect to pay around $25 to
$30 for a full tank. If you end up filling up less, then just
asks for change from the attendant once you’re done pumping. As a bonus tip, keep
in mind that in the US the black pump is usually designated as regular unleaded
fuel. Green pumps are usually diesel, which is not as common in the US as it
is in the rest of the world. Number 2: Stay in your car when being pulled over
by the police. This one is extremely important to know if you’re visiting the
US. If you’re driving and you get pulled over by the police, you’ll want to remain
in your car and keep your hands on the steering wheel. You do not want to get
out of your vehicle. While that may be the normal process outside the US, doing so
will likely result in the police feeling threatened and potentially drawing their
weapons. The normal procedure in the US is to pull over to the side
of the road and turn off your engine. You’ll want to roll down your driver-side window and keep your hands on your steering wheel. The police will usually
ask for your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Though I wouldn’t
start looking for it until the police asks for it. I don’t mean to scare people
as this is such a common scenario in the US, but it’s an easy way to startle the
police especially if you exit the car and walk toward the officer. Number 3:
Turning right on the red light. This is one that seems to disturb a lot of
people when they visit the US, even though I think most Americans find it to
be very convenient and useful. If you’re in an intersection and you want to turn
right, you can do so on the red light if there is: no pedestrian crossing at the
time, no cars coming toward your direction, and no signs saying that the
right turn is prohibited on the red light. If you find yourself in this
situation, you’ll want to stop at the intersection first and allow any
pedestrians to pass, then you can slowly move forward into the crosswalk and turn
right when it’s clear and safe. Just be careful of folks who ignore the crosswalk
signal and try to cross the street at the last second. On that note, number 4: Avoid jaywalking.
The US has laws against jaywalking, which is basically disregarding the law and
crossing the street outside of the crosswalk or when the crossing signal is
red. This is only enforced on busy roads. It’s meant to keep people from crossing
streets where they can get hit by cars and cause disruptions to the flow of
traffic. I know it’s very annoying, even for Americans, but it’s something to be
aware of when you want to cross the street. Also, police officers will often
just wait around busy streets to catch people jaywalking, so be careful when
you’re walking around high-traffic areas. Number 5: Tipping. The tipping culture
in the US is very excessive and is confusing even to us Americans. While
it’s customary to tip servers 15% to 20% at restaurants and bars, it’s
often unclear in other scenarios like valet parking, hotels, and cafes. For
example, Fiona recently told me that she struggled with determining the amount to
tip when visiting a hair salon. In these cases, we usually default to 15% to 20%, but only if you were happy with the service. Also, keep in mind that
servers at restaurants and bars typically make less than minimum wage in
the US. That means that the tip is a major component of their wages. While I
personally think they should get paid more, just know that we often see tipping
in restaurants to be mandatory unless the service was not up to standards.
Number 6: Stop signs. A lot of visitors have complained that they often don’t
know how to deal with multiple cars arriving at a stop sign at once. The
official rule is that the person to the right has the right of way, though it can
be messy when it’s not clear who is to the right. My suggestion is to be
defensive and move slowly through the stop sign. It’s not worth fighting over
the right-of-way, especially when we’re talking about a few seconds of time.
Number 7: Sales tax. One thing that a lot of visitors find
confusing is our sales tax. When buying an item at a store, you’re almost always
going to pay more than the label price. Since sales tax is different in every
state and county, we add it to the price at the register. It’s something that
we’re used to as Americans, but I can understand how it’s confusing to others.
Just know that you’ll likely have to pay up to ten percent more than the sticker
price depending on where you’re visiting. And finally, number 8: Showing your ID.
This one drives Americans insane too. In most restaurants and bars, you’ll need to
show your ID even if you’re obviously over the drinking age of 21. It’s mostly
a liability issue in that most restaurants and bars don’t want to be
sued or found accountable for serving alcohol to minors, or even perceived as
singling out people based on age. This can lead to some very annoying and
frustrating situations. I’ve even seen elderly people being asked to show their
ID, which is just ridiculous. So, if you’re planning to have a drink in the US, make
sure you’re carrying some form of ID that shows your birthday. Even if you’re
obviously over the age of 21, it’s possible that you’ll need to prove it in
order to have a drink or to even enter a bar. There are a ton of smaller things
that are on my list and I’ll cover them in another video. But these are the ones
that I think can really affect someone’s experience or cause confusion when
visiting the US, so I wanted to focus on them. For those of you in the US, do you
have any other tips for visitors? Or if you visited the US from abroad, are
there any other items that you think should be included in the list? Let us
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91 thoughts on “Things Every Traveler Should Know Visiting America | 8 Tips When Traveling to the US

  1. Also in many restaurant in Florida and Michigan if the meal is usually over $60 total they will put 15% tips automatically which sucks sometimes want to tip them less because of the bad service. Also If tough want good housekeeping in a hotel or resort is good to tip the first night. That's what I do I usually tip on the first night that way they will take better care like give me extra towels more coffee sugar and cream lol and they will write a note giving me their number just in case I need something I think is great. And renting a car I think is better not to get car insurance from the car company is better to use your credit card or rent a car for example from is usually 11 per day instead of paying over 400 from car rental company

  2. Great Video…..In the US (except Oregon) you also have to pump your own gas, while most countries have attendants. The tipping is a great point as well, many high-end restaurants automatically add the 10-15% tip as a "service charge".

  3. Thank you Ernest, another on point review ! you always bring us some great tips ! Stay awesome

    Jose P.

  4. Great video, One item that I have had some of my visiting friends find unclear is needing to get medical help from emergency room or other medical center.

  5. I have to explain to my asian cousins that, in the US, you clean up after youself in fast food places.

  6. I still can't believe that such a high-quality channel has less than five thousand subscribers…but I let this be our own special club 😉

  7. That is so true about staying in the car when getting pulled over by a police officer here in the United States!! My wife is from New Zealand and I told her the same thing you where talking about in this video!! Thanks for sharing…

  8. lol tipping is something my wife and family from New Zealand can’t wrap their head around…here in The USA

  9. Sales tax is THE big one of these that will surprise European visitors or anyone else coming from a country where it is included in the marked price by law. It certainly did that to my family first time. If you don't drive in the US (I never have when I've been there) obviously anything about driving won't apply.

    I would want to add the whole business of getting through US airports. Immigration and Customs officers have no sense of humour whatsoever so don't try to joke with them.

    And there is no such thing as getting into the US without a visa. Some countries' citizens are allowed to use what is laughingly called the Visa Waiver Program. But as this involves signing up online, answering questions and paying a fee, as far as I'm concerned it's an electronic visa. The problem with it is the confusing nature of some of the questions. The one on criminal convictions, though it has been improved, still fails to identify what does or doesn't count as something you should answer Yes to in response to the question, and it is about the biggest problem people ask about on travel message boards. The old question asked about "offenses involving moral turpitude" – now as not even American lawyers have a firm definition of what that is, how is a tourist supposed to know? Probably why it got changed.

    And don't bother asking the US Embassy – they will never give a useful answer. All they will ever say is "apply for a visa and then you will find out". It cost me £10 for a premium rate phone call to find that out.

    Why the US authorities think that asking people questions actually achieve anything beats me. Especially this one – "Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?" Don't they know that criminals lie? Which is why most countries don't do anything like this – they either let you in with just a passport or make you apply for a proper visa.

    So I really don't want to visit the US again. It's so annoying. If the US doesn't want tourists, I wish it would just say so.

    But for anyone who actually wants to, and is eligible for the VWP, NEVER use any of the many sites that there are offering to help you. They still have to ask you all the same things anyway and they'll charge you more. Always go to the actual US government web site for this at

  10. Some cities don't let you turn right on red. NYC only a few areas allow you to turn on red

  11. A lot of visitors severely underestimate the size of the USA. If you plan on going to multiple places while in the States, try to schedule an entire day for travelling between destinations, especially if you're travelling between different states.

    Also, you will have to rent a car if you plan on staying for any length of time. Only a few major cities in the US have any sort of public transportation, and passenger trains are practically nonexistent. If you intend to go outside of major metro areas, you will need a vehicle of your own.

    Also of note: because the USA is so big, there are still places (particularly out West) with very limited cellphone service. You should be fine in any town or major roadway, but if you're going deep into undeveloped areas, prepare to lose cellphone service entirely.

  12. The IDing can really confuse people, my 63/64 year old father was IDed in Target when buying alcohol which was really ridiculous, so it is definitely something to be aware of even if you are very obviously over 21.

  13. going to new york with my daughter, here in lreland you can have underage children in a bar up to 7pm, how does it work there thanks

  14. Wrong wrong wrong. Stop sign right away is the FIRST car to the intersection. If 2cars arrive at the exact same time then the car to the right usually is given the right away. That is the rules of the road from state driving test book.

  15. As an Englishman who has been visiting your lovely country for 20 years, this video is excellent for "first timers" and I wish I could have seen it 20 years ago. Well done and thank you. Keep them coming.

  16. 0:34. That’s because American YouTubers rarely do this sort of thing and when they give attention to the UK, British people love it! Usually, American youtubers just focus on the US and I think some of us feel a bit excluded because usually the UK doesn’t get a lot of attention in the US, since it’s such a small country. Also in Britain, it’s the opposite. You can’t go at the red light for cars, but for people, of there are no cars, then you can walk across when there is a red light. This happens commonly in the UK, so thanks for sharing this point! If a European decided to come to the us without this information, they could get punished for walking across.. Cars usually wait for you in the UK and the laws there are more walker-friendly.

  17. I turned right while visting Germany and got pulled over. I got a warning since I explained that I had no idea that was illegal they were really understanding and explained other stuff thats illegal in Germany but not in America.

  18. Dear foreigners visiting the USA: please don't feel pressured to turn right on red if you don't feel 100% comfortable doing it. I want to say this because sometimes cars behind you will beep if you don't turn, which may insinuate that you're supposed to go. However, it's not a hard-fast law to turn right on red here. Please understand, these Americans are probably a.) having a bad day or b.) in a hurry. It's not uncommon for many American drivers to ignore beeping and turn when we get the light.

  19. FYI – NJ requires filling station attendants to pump gas for you. You many not pump your own gas in that state.

    Also Police pull in BEHIND you, not in front like in other nations. Most police are courteous and understanding, but will give tickets even to foreigners. Have your license and registration handy.

    If you are a pedestrian, cars generally will not stop for you even if you are in a cross walk.

    Most toilets are free, unlike European loos. Condiments are also free.

    In all foreign travel, carry your passport with you at all times. Have a copy of all important documents in your suitcase.

    Cheers! and welcome to the US!

  20. I found many Americans are terrified of maths, so can't add up all the many taxes and tips and therefore think everything is cheaper than it actually is.

    That was the worst thing in America, never knowing what exactly you were going to have to pay.

    Fast food franchises are everywhere because just about nobody tips at those so it is whatever the sign says, PLUS all the taxes (there are so many random taxes it is hard to keep up). A tragedy for the many people who are forced to work in them.

  21. Dear Ernest. Your video is very helpful, thank you. One point comes to mind is at 5:56, which reminds me of a driving rule in England : *If in doubt, yield*. It is not a 'weakness' nor being 'inferior', just being reasonable and peaceable with love. Normally, at a crossroads junction, it is the case of the "First there, first goes" in proper driving etiquette, but what if you pull up to a junction at the exact same time as the car opposite you? It is best to let them go first (particularly if they are turning going across in front of you), otherwise a misunderstanding occurs as both cars go at the same time, and BANG! Crash! Just let them go first for your sake and get him/her out of your way lol. It is the loving-kind thing to do with mutual benefit. That is a nice, respectful video that you have made.

  22. 1. Do not be afraid to ask directions and/or random conversations with Americans. We love to socialized or just get rid of the awkward atmosphere.
    Example would be at the cashregister, sometimes they will greet you and you'll greet them back. While they are scanning your stuff they might ask a simple question or just small talk.
    2. I am slightly surprised this is not common in some countries, but my friend who is from a different country was shocked that you should hold the door for someone when you are first. It's polite to do so and a common gesture in America. Reminder if somone holds the door for you, thank them.
    3. USA is a huge country, so if you're planning to go to different states… I would dedicate a couple days in those states. Also public transportation sometimes doesn't exist in certain areas, so I would rent a car or stick to places that nearby transportations. (But don't let me stop you, explore and enjoy).

  23. Wouldn't mind actually visiting the us when I'm an adult. Maybe like the north west then go see New York. I saw some nice bits in Colorado and Washington (not dc)

  24. I've only ever been to Greece (kefalonia) since I'm twelve. Even that was 5 years ago lol. I like your content and it's useful to show to people. You deserve more views 😁👍

  25. Great video, Ernest. Watched your video on visiting England/Britain/UK and liked this as well. As a Brit who has been to the US three times and to 9 states, really like your videos.

    Tipping is no problem as always tip good service here from hairdressers, taxi drivers and in restaurants. Some restaurants here also have a compulsory service charge, so that covers any tip, though they must show it on the menu. Usually tip 10% here if good service. Remember once left something in a pick up car in Vegas. Called them and they brought it to my hotel within 30 minutes so gave them a big tip as they had other jobs to do.

    Sales tax is annoying, but once you remember it, it’s ok to deal with. And yeah about ID. Someone I know (30s) was at a baseball game in Arizona and his UK driving licence wasn’t acceptable ID. The only time I’ve been asked for ID was at Madison Square Garden though 12 bucks for a pint and wish my driving licence had been turned down.

    Back to accents I was being told I sounded like I was from ‘Downton Abbey’ and one of the upstairs types. Don’t watch it and I don’t sound like that, though maybe one of the downstairs types. Made me smile. Love the US.

  26. Just to put into perspective the size of the US, if you slap an extra 80km to traveling from Seattle to Miami you have a road trip from Jerusalem to Madrid. And if your wondering, no not going through Africa.

  27. I have some tips for visiting America.

    I have visited 43 states in the US. My suggestion is to consider other places other than California and New York. Lots of other cities/states have excellent tourism spots. If you love the beach and want a cheaper vacation/holiday than California I suggest Florida. Florida has many nice vacation locations to chose from with many things to do. I suggest Daytona, Miami, Panama City Beach, Orlando , and Key West. If the beach life isn't your thing and you enjoy the mountains and outdoors I would suggest Colorado ( my favorite state in America ) it has so much outdoor activities including skiing/snowboarding to hiking along with lots of nature. My favorite city is Colorado Springs and driving up Pikes Peak mountain is a must also visiting royal gorge.

    Tipping- Its a main in the butt. If your confused what I do personally tip 5 dollars if I'm alone. And for each person with me I go up 3 dollars. And for other non food services I just tip $5.

    If you have safety concerns in a new city in America the rule of thumb I follow is if you start seeing spray paint writing on walls and objects along with run down buildings chances are your in a high crime area.

    Food portions in restaurants in America are HUGE. You get lots of food for your money. 99%+ restaurants will give you a to go plate if you ask so you can take your left over food home and eat later. Also restaurants give you free refills on soda,tea, and water while you eat. And you can often get a to go cup to take your left over drink with you as well.

    America is pretty lacking in public transportation. Large cities you can find it but mid size to smaller cities have no public transportation. Prepare to uber or rent a vehicle.

    Americans will sometimes greet you in example "Hello how are you? Or Hello how are you doing?" I've seen many foreigners not sure how to answer that. What people mean by asking you that is basically just a hello in simple terms. A simple answer would be "Hello I'm doing fine thanks" Or Thank you I'm doing good" or something similar. Its just a basic greeting not Americans actually trying to be nosy or get into your personal business. People usually don't give negative answers with strangers unless usually unless its someone you personally know. I have seen comments about people thinking Americans are fake by greeting someone asking how they're doing and how Americans giving a smile to strangers. Its just being polite to put it simply.

    Americans overall are very friendly people. If your lost or in need of help. Americans usually are willing to stop and explain something or give directions to somewhere. Don't be afraid to approach someone if needed.

  28. Your travels is great, I want to do like you but if I am successful with my videos, I will go travel like you too.

  29. When the cops pull you over make sure you turn on the in cabin lights as well! (That also may get you out of a ticket)

  30. One thing i see europeans dont understand is the size of the USA. Its about the same size as western europe as a WHOLE.

  31. There are TONS of different cultures and people in the US. Know that people can be very different depending on the regions here. I live in Georgia and I'm definitely a southern redneck. Just the other day my buddies and i shot a washing machine to shreds with a dozen different guns. Sometimes we explode lawnmowers 200 feet in the air. Sometimes we we just chill out by the bonfire.

    I would say the biggest factor in determining a person here is how country or city they are. People always visit cities when traveling, but the country is definitely the best place to be.

    One thing many of us rednecks do is float down the rivers and creeks and get drunk. Last summer my dad and I went to Terrapin Creek, Alabama (which is known as the symbol redneck state) to float and found a group of travelers from a few different countries. We banded with them and a few other locals to show them southern redneck culture. We got some of them to climb the 50 foot cliffs and jump off into the water with us. Their reactions were amazing, we filmed their jumps for them and they loved it. One guy was from Spain, one was from Vietnam, one Asian girl even jumped, but I can't remember their other countries. Anyways I was glad to give them a good show for rednecks. There's a stereotype that all rednecks are dumb and racist even inside the US, but that's a bunch of baloney.

    Please come visit the US, and please also go outside of the cities when you do.

  32. I’m a American an want to comment on the stop sign one. If you don’t know who is on the right you let the person who was there first

  33. Note that most servers vastly prefer the low wage plus tips system to higher wages and no tips. Laws proposing raising wages and eliminating tips were recently shot down in both New York and DC and had no support from local server unions.

  34. Americans tend to be very friendly wherever we went. Please don't stare, argue or ever bring up politics- those things are a must. America is a huge country that you will not be able to tour on a two or three week tour or even a three month tour.. Research what you want to see before you travel and take into account the actual massive size of America. Also be very respectful to the police and you will be fine.

  35. Not all U.S. states have sales tax. If you visit Montana, Alaska, Oregon, Delaware, or New Hampshire, you will not have to pay sales tax on your purchases. The exception is if you are in a national park in any of these states, as national parks are considered part of the federal government, and businesses within them can be subject to sales tax.

  36. The biggest advice is to tip when eating at sit-down restaurants and delivery. a good rule of thumb is $2 tip for each $10 spent. As a person in the food industry, just don't be a terrible person and tip in America when at restaurants or bars. For pick-ups for foods no tip is necessary.

  37. It’s so easy to live and work and be successful in the United States. Over 1 million people become citizens a year , so they acclimate just fine

  38. it's true americans love to small talk especially if you are british on many occasions they have called friends over saying hey this guys from England it must be the accent especially if you have a strong one say from the north east (geordie )or west country

  39. One tip is to remember how far distances are between large cities. Also, don't be afraid to travel outside the city. There are some really amazing places to see beyond the city limits.

  40. I think you did a great job.

    1: DO NOT discuss politics with Americans or even bring it up. You’d be surprised who you can anger or piss off by making comments.

    2: DO NOT discuss guns, gun laws, or views about them. Again, you can anger someone quickly.

    3: DO NOT discuss religion, social issues like abortion. You can say the wrong thing and start a heated argument.

    4: EVERY STATE IS DIFFERENT. Do not talk badly against any state or make fun of it. People have huge amounts of pride of their communities, cities, states and the country as a whole. You can say the wrong things which can lead to a heated argument.

  41. I never knew Jay walking was so serious
    When I’m walking home, I always cross the road early and almost never at a Zebra crossing

  42. For anyone who isn’t from the U.S…….. our country is VERY social we absolutely love talking😂😂 you can literally strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere.

  43. I go in the gas station to pay for gas a certain amount each time for an example let's say I want to put only 16 down I can do that

  44. The US has a lot going for it especially if you’re willing to work hard and you’re white and well educated. But if you’re a poor minority, you’re going to struggle in the USA. And don’t get sick here. Even if you have insurance it can be extremely expensive to get well again. In fact, the difference between realizing the American dream or not (besides the color of your skin and your education level) is whether you stay healthy or not. The American dream, for most americans, means owning a home in the suburbs. Many Americans accomplish this but many suburbs are soul sucking expanses of uniformity and uninspired architecture. But there are some very nice exceptions to this rule, especially if you have money. The national government of the USA has two main functions: 1) letting big business take advantage of people and 2) pissing away money on unnecessary military adventures. The national government is much better at these functions when a republican is president. If you visit Washington DC, be sure to see the worlds largest whorehouse. It’s the big white building with the big dome. Every day in this large domed whorehouse, a “congress” of 538 hard working prostitutes sell out the people that voted for them to the highest bidder. Fortunately most day to day government functions are run by the states and some states are much better than others. If you visit the US, keep in mind that Much of the US is flat and boring but the west coast, where I live, is quite nice with all sorts of recreational opportunities and lovely weather. Like most countries, the US has its pluses and minuses and it is a big, diverse place so it is hard to generalize. And it is becoming more diverse and less “United” as time goes on but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  45. Thank you, any chance of another one which is not so car (automobile) centric please? Cheers from the UK, we are coming to New Orleans in the Autumn (Fall) 🙂

  46. With stop signs, it's also common to allow this first car to stop to move first if multiple cars arive close together

  47. Ernest, great review on visiting the USA. I found you by accident and you are very smart, concise and wise. Anyone visiting the U.S. should watch this video. As a natural born Californian I am saying, never ever talk politics or religion when in the U.S. Some of our extremist residents are out right scary.

  48. tip 1 for Americans when seeing someone from the uk visit

    dont see why you would but dont be a dick we are very nervous and paranoid on what to do so if we say something wrong dont take it seriously and try make us feel welcome because ya know its scary going to a new country

  49. I don’t know if this is common in other parts of the world but YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER ask an American how much money they make or how much any of their belongings cost. The only time you can ask how much one of their belongings cost if u want to buy something of the same brand or you want to buy the same thing. In general Americans do not feel comfortable talking about their finances, so try not to bring it up.

  50. great video congrats … really the tipping as a tourist is very confusing ablot ofnvidrosmon this scenarios can help a lot likenshuttle service csbs etc

  51. I live in America and the stop sign thing is first to come to a stop. Technically if the person on the right hasn’t come to a full stop they are not eligible for that cycle. So what I tend to do is allow me car to roll slowly and come to a stop clearly after someone else. That way they have the right of way and will go. If you want to go first you should come to a stop quickly. If the person isn’t aggressive then you beat them. I always joke to my friends abroad that in America you Aren’t trained to follow the law. You’re conditioned to learn how to properly work around it. It’s not go the speed limit it’s go as fast as you can get away with. Be it 5mph over or 10mph over. On that note 15mph over is a felony in most states so I suppose if there is a hard cap that’d be it. Lol, have fun and gl. Most Americans are friendly and good people. Some aren’t. We want you to be safe and have fun though. ^.^

  52. Interesting stuff. Even as an American I have gotten so used to all of this I never really thought about how some of this would be confusing to those visiting the country.

    I think the tips you provide are great but it also varies. The stop sign thing for instance, sometimes it becomes every car for themselves with no one observing it and you just hope to squeeze in. The tipping stuff.. that varies too. I have friends who don't leave 15% and I have some who leave well over that. I have some who have rules on how much for every situation and others who won't reward bad service no matter what. It gets very complicated when you get to teaching about tipping. How much do you tip a taxi driver? The guy that helped you in a hotel? Do you even have to tip someone at Starbucks for giving you a cup of coffee? I'm American and I don't even understand all the tipping rules.

    You should also note that in some states, gas stations are full service and you aren't allowed to pump your own gas. This could be confusing for some who have to also realize you pay first and then can't even put the gas in their car after doing so. So unless you see the sign saying "Self Serve" don't be surprised if the guy walks over to you to fill up your tank and take your money.

    As for other tips to those visiting this country. I would say it varies on where you will be visiting in the US but some drivers are ruder and more aggressive than others. Traffic can be a real nightmare during rush hour in various parts of the country so be ready to deal with that. A lot of drivers communicate with their horn and gestures and don't take it personally that's just part of how people drive in some parts of the area. If you don't move fast enough at a green light or turn right on red when you can. Just be aware that driving can be more extreme than you are used to.

    As far as the right on red goes. .New York City doesn't allow right turns on red anywhere and won't have signs posted. Be aware of that fact that just because you don't always see a sign saying no turn on red doesn't mean its allowed everywhere. Most places it is but some cities it is understood its not allowed and won't post a sign telling you that you can't.

    I think lastly the most important thing to note is.. The United States of America is a very, very, big and diverse country. If you are here for a week and you land in New York City, don't expect to drive it cross country hoping to go to Disney World in Orlando and see the Grand Canyon. Unless you plan on flying to each location (which I imagine gets costly but to each their own). Pick a region and plan your trip around it if you are traveling by car or train as you don't want to spend the whole trip in your car. Lets put it this way it is over 12 hours by car from New York City to Chicago. And that's without taking into account traffic, stopping for breaks and having to drive on US roads that you are not familiar with. Pick an area you want to visit and enjoy it. Don't plan on seeing the whole country on one visit. The US covers a lot of territory and each part of the country is very different from the other.

  53. Under age sells for selling anyone under 21 is a $1,000 fine and more likely they lose there well cost them twice that if caught again. Cigarette under 18 sells $300 fine and if caught 2 or 3 times they lose there right to sell cigarettes and the same with alcohol they lose there liquor license so that's the reason behind that but i.d. a elderly person is just dumb.

  54. I was watching about don't do this in this country and then for some reason?? I watching this even though I was born in the United States

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