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Car Hire Alabama Mini Guide

Driving and Car Hire Guide: 

Alabama, renowned as the "Heart of Dixie," boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're wandering through the historical streets of Montgomery or relaxing on the Gulf Shores, a personal vehicle can enhance your Alabama experience. Here's everything you need to know about car hire and driving in the Yellowhammer State.

Why Hire a Car in Alabama?

Accessibility: Public transport may not cover all attractions. A car ensures you don't miss out on any Alabaman treasures.

Diverse Destinations: From the Appalachian foothills to white sandy beaches, Alabama is diverse. A car offers flexibility to explore at your own pace.

Driving Distinctions in Alabama:

Right on Red: After stopping, you can turn right at a red light unless there's a sign prohibiting it.

Move Over Law: If emergency vehicles are on the side of the road, you must move over a lane or reduce speed to 15mph below the limit if changing lanes isn't possible.

Seat Belts: Alabama has a primary seat belt law, meaning law enforcement can ticket drivers or passengers for not wearing seat belts without any other traffic offense taking place.

Car Hire Recommendations:

Car Type: Alabama has a temperate climate with mild winters. A standard sedan is typically suitable year-round. However, if you plan on exploring mountainous or off-road areas, consider an SUV.

Weather Influence: During the occasional winter storm, especially in northern Alabama, a vehicle with good traction or even 4-wheel drive might be beneficial. Always check the weather forecast and road conditions.

Popular Driving Routes:

Natchez Trace Parkway: This scenic drive spans three states but offers some of Alabama's most picturesque views.

Lookout Mountain Parkway: Explore the Appalachian foothills, covering waterfalls, canyons, and beautiful autumn foliage.

Alabama's Coastal Connection: A tranquil journey through the state's Gulf Coast.

First-Timers in Alabama:

Local Delicacies: Don't miss out on Alabama's BBQ scene. Drive out to local favorites, like Dreamland BBQ or Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q.

Historical Stops: Cities like Montgomery and Selma are steeped in civil rights history. Ensure your itinerary includes these significant locations.

Natural Beauty: The state parks, like Gulf State Park or Cheaha State Park, are must-visits for first-timers.

However, you arrive in Alabama, hiring a car should be your first priority. There is no better way to see its beauty than with a hire car in Alabama which gives you the freedom to explore the mountains of the north of the state, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast or Alabama’s big cities like Birmingham or Mobile. 

Pre-book your rental vehicle online with Rhino in Alabama for the best car hire rates.

Cheapest car hire in Alabama

Interesting facts about Alabama

  • The state of Alabama is named after a Native American tribe of the same name.
  • Gulf Shores is home to Alabama’s beautiful sugar sand beaches.
  • Tuscumbia in Alabama was the home of the deaf and blind author Helen Keller who was the first person with such disabilities to gain a degree.
  • Montgomery in Alabama was capital of the short-lived Confederacy.
  • Alabama was the crucible for the human rights movement of the late fifties and sixties.

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