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Where is San Luis Obispo County?

Maybe you're the sort of adventurer who organizes every tiny detail of your journey. Or perhaps you prefer to hop in your rental car and go wherever the wind takes you. No matter your style, there are some key points about San Luis Obispo County that you might want to know. This awesome destination can be found in United States of America.

What are the major attractions in San Luis Obispo County?

Load up the car and get ready to hit the open road, because there are plenty of bucket-list worthy things to see in San Luis Obispo County. Here are a few great ideas. Your first stop should be Hearst Castle, 5 miles from the center of San Simeon. Not just any old attraction, this place captivates countless visitors every year.

How can I get a cheap car rental in San Luis Obispo County?

Here you'll find our top recommendations if you want to score the best deal on a rental car:

  • Look into as many different bargain car rental deals as possible (we make that job as easy as pie!);
  • Register for our Price Drop Alert email service and be informed immediately when prices fall for your destination;
  • Research is the key to getting your hands on the cheapest rentals deals in town, so be sure to take a look at both airport and non-airport pickup and drop-off outlets before you book your ride;
  • If your vacation dates are not yet confirmed, try getting a better deal by switching up the days in your search;
  • Pickup and drop-off times usually need to be the same (e.g, both 11 a.m.) or you could be asked to pay for another full day;
  • If you'd love to save a pretty penny, pay right away and get some of the cheapest rates around;
  • Last but not least, lock in your wheels as soon as you possibly can to bag yourself a mountain of savings!

What is the most popular rental car category in San Luis Obispo County?

That said, San Luis Obispo County boasts plenty of beaches, mountains, and sandy shores. Many intrepid adventurers get out of town to see these glorious vistas. If that sounds enticing, consider an SUV or a full-size vehicle. Even if you don't think you'll go off-road, you'll be grateful for the extra room.

Should I get a luxury rental car in San Luis Obispo County?

You'll be pleased to hear that there's a huge range of luxurious rental vehicles available in San Luis Obispo County. What you end up opting for will depend on how much you're willing to spend and what you plan to do. Specialty vehicles often spare no expense when it comes to comfort and class. If you feel like splashing out, why not go for an SUV with all the bells and whistles, or perhaps a cushy mid-sized sedan? On the other hand, if you're just after a car to get from A to B at the cheapest price possible, go for a budget compact vehicle (or something else that won't break the bank).

What do I need to know about driving in California?

From parking regulations and seat belt laws to cell phone use and speed limits, there are lots of things to get your head around when driving somewhere new. If this is your first visit to San Luis Obispo County, here's what you should know before you hit the road:

What side of the road do they drive on in San Luis Obispo County?

You'll need to keep right when driving in San Luis Obispo County. In addition to that, take a little extra care if it's your first time behind the wheel here. Once you're familiar with local driving habits, you can relax and start enjoying the scenery!

Are there speed limits in San Luis Obispo County?

Speed limits typically range from 15 mi/h to 70 mi/h in San Luis Obispo County and there are penalties for exceeding the limit. Residential streets usually have a maximum speed of 25 mi/h, unless indicated otherwise.

What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in California?

More often than not, your chosen car rental company will charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card, including local taxes and surcharges. Alternatively, they may share your contact details with the relevant local law enforcement agency, who'll then send a fine directly to you.

Are seat belts compulsory in California?

Although there are a small number of exceptions, seat belts must be worn in California.

Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in San Luis Obispo County?

It is illegal to use your cell phone while driving a car in San Luis Obispo County, and you could also be fined for simply holding your phone when you're in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as you stay focused on the road.

What are the rules around drink driving in San Luis Obispo County?

In San Luis Obispo County, it is illegal to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) greater than 0.08%. If you're thinking of having a couple of drinks with lunch or dinner, it's a good idea to leave the rental car behind.

Is turning on a red light allowed in San Luis Obispo County?

Road rules in San Luis Obispo County permit drivers at a red light to turn into the direction of traffic nearest to them without having to wait for a green signal. Before making the maneuver, the vehicle must completely stop and the driver must be certain that the lane is clear before proceeding.

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