Driving & Auto Safety
Each year, CIEE participants are involved in serious automobile accidents while in the U.S., some of which have resulted in participant fatalities. In many of these cases, serious injury or even death could have been avoided if participants had made the simple choice to wear seatbelts. Please review the information below before making the decision to drive.
CIEE recommends that you use public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes when possible. In the event that public transportation is not available and you choose to rent or purchase a vehicle, you MUST obtain the proper auto insurance that covers medical and liability requirements in your state. CIEE recommends purchasing above the minimum requirements for both medical and liability. Though it is more expensive, the coverage is necessary if you are involved in an accident.. Note that most car rental agencies in the U.S. will not rent an automobile to persons under 25 years of age.
If you choose to rent or purchase a vehicle, you should know the following:
- Motorcycles/mopeds and recreational vehicles are NOT covered on your CIEE Insurance plan does this make it sound like cars are?
- CIEE insurance is NOT Auto Insurance
- Each state has unique minimum insurance requirements and it is your responsibility to learn what they are and ensure you meet them
- You must have a valid license
Basic Safety Tips for Driving in the U.S.:
- Always wear your seatbelt—it is the law
- Be familiar with and follow the rules and speed limits posted on the road
- Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when you are tired
- Do not use your cell phone while driving–it is against the law in many states
For more information about driving in the United States, visit www.usa.gov/.