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INTRODUCTION

The UK is full of vibrant cities, quaint villages, market towns and a fantastic countryside that’s perfect for a rural retreat. There’s a great history and culture from the capital of England, London – full of art galleries, museums, theatres and a great many other tourist attractions; as well as natural and rural getaways in the north of England, Wales and Scotland.

There’s a lot to experience no matter what kind of holiday you’ve got in mind – be it a country getaway with a few trips to a cosy pub, or a more cultural holiday in a bustling and vibrant city.

Driving in UK
  • Road Driving Side
    L
  • Urban Speed Limit
    30mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    60mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    70mph

The driving culture in UK?

What are the roads like in the UK?
In cities and built up areas the roads tend to be fairly wide. However, in more rural areas and the countryside, the roads can be quite narrow. Motorways are high capacity roads that are usually split into three lanes. A-roads are main roads – usually dual carriageways, and B-roads tend to carry much less traffic as these are local routes.
How will I find British drivers?
On the whole, UK drivers are reasonably courteous but are prone to flashing their lights, beeping their horn or simply shaking their head in the case of another driver making a genuine error or causing a hazard.
What are the best times to drive?
Weekends and during weekdays outside rush hour is the best time to be on the roads. Rush hour varies from city to city but generally stems between 7:00 and 9:30 in a morning and 16:00 and 19:00 in the evening.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in the vehicle, both in the front and rear seats. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to sit in the front seats of the car. All children under 135cms in height must use an appropriate restraint for their size. You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law. Bear in mind that you are likely to incur a fine if you are stopped by the police for using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Important things to note:

  • Give way to drivers on the right when approaching roundabouts.

    Use the outside (right-hand) lane to overtake on motorways.

    When driving in London, be aware that there is a congestion charge.

    Be aware of fixed speed cameras on various routes all over the UK.

Attractions to drive to

Most popular destinations in UK