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Or: The trivial things you should know about America.
One of the best ways to get around the USA is by car. You can borrow, hire, lease or buy a car (remember that cars and petrol are much cheaper than in Austria).
If you want to rent a car, it should be no problem to find a car rental desk, but maybe it's a good idea to reserve a car to get the type of car you want. Note that some car rental companies will not accept cash, so you need a credit card.
Very often you can get a "one way rental", this means you hire the car in one place and leave it in another. On the one hand this is very convenient, on the other hand it's much more expensive.
However, there's one possibility to get a car free of charge, but you must leave and arrive at specified days. Normally companies use this method to transfer cars between two locations.
American roads are much wider and straighter than most European roads, but especially in the north you can find amazing pot-holes.
Like in Austria in America you drive on the right side. But in comparison to Europe there are some differences concerning the driving rules:
On American roads there are fewer road markings than in Europe and on motorways you will not find emergency telephones.
American TV is quite terrible. From time to time you will find good programs but the main function is to make money.
There's no national TV, but there are three main networks: ABC, CBS and NBC with hundreds of affiliated stations. Each of these local stations sends a mix between a local and the national program.
In addition to the networks there is the Public Broadcasting System PBS, which isn't commercially based and receives money from government, the public, foundations and business.
Nearly the whole program is based on 30-minute units. This simplifies the co-ordination between the different stations.
The TV-Programme is often interrupted by advertisement, up to four or five times during a ½ hour-program. Politicians don't get free advertisement-time, but they can buy as much time as they can pay.
You can also choose between the AM-band and the FM-band, which is called VHF.
Like TV the radio is very local and they use unmemorable letter-names like WLS or KQED.
to cope - fertig werden mit, sich messen mit
traffic light - Verkehrsampel
amber - Gelb, gelbes Licht
lane - Fahrstreifen
road markings - Bodenmarkierungen
to affiliate - angliedern, anschließen
advertisement - Werbung
unmemorable - unmerkbar
Source: "Coping with America" - ISBN 0-631-15442-6
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