The UK is a really popular place to hire a car, and with lots of sights which are best seen on the road, it’s no surprise that this is the case. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you navigate the UK’s roads safely and conveniently, so have a read if you’ve hired a car here.
Don’t get lost
It’s a well known fact that the best way to explore the countryside is by car, as you can stop in as many places as you want. But to make sure you find the best routes, the most exclusive hidden gems and the most beautiful panoramas, you should always be aware of where you are on the map. In the UK, especially in the rural areas, the roads are not that well signed and you might need to stop someone to ask for directions. If there is no one around, you should ensure your car is equipped with a GPS and a map – in areas without phone signal, those almighty driving apps may prove useless.
Avoid the smartphone temptation
We live in an era when we like to be constantly connected to the world around us, read the news from our mobiles and be in touch virtually with our friends. Being contacted can happen at the most inappropriate moments, such as when we’re driving. In the UK, it’s simple – if you ever use your phone while driving, you get fined (this includes sitting in traffic or at traffic lights). If you really need to answer a call, simply pull over or use a handsfree set: the alternative is a fine of £60 and a penalty of three points.
Driving on the left-hand side
Most of the world drives on the right, so some people worry when they hear they will have to drive of the left hand side. It will usually take a few hours to adjust, but then you’ll completely forget that the wheel is on the right side of the car. However, pay extra attention when you get to roundabouts and remember to always give the priority to the cars coming from your right and to turn left once you enter the roundabout.
Never drink and drive
London, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and the list is endless…The UK is buzzing with spectacular cities that host some of the best bars and restaurants in the world. But bear in mind that drink driving laws are strict, so never get behind the wheel after you had a few.
Another thing to remember is that you should never drink during your flight if you plan to rent a car directly from the airport.
Safety on the road
We’re sure you’ll have an amazing holiday but for general safety it’s always good to know the emergency number for the country or region you are travelling in. In the UK, please remember that the emergency number is 112.
Make sure that you and all the other passengers are wearing seat belts. This is mandatory while driving in the UK and can prove to be lifesaving in the unlikely case of an accident.