Driving in England can be a challenge, especially during rush hour. It’s important to drive carefully and follow proper etiquette, especially on roundabouts. The speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 70 mph, although you may see drivers going much faster than this. Carry out a detailed car check to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy, has valid MOT and Road Tax.
Know The Rules of The Road
The rules of the road in the UK can be slightly different than in other countries. While it might seem confusing at first, these differences are small and will quickly become second nature. For example, while in the US you may see drivers passing others on the shoulder of a highway, this is not allowed in the UK. In addition, lane lines are solid white (not yellow) and you must only cross over a solid white line when it is safe to do so.
Additionally, there are some specialized crossings such as zebra or puffin crossings that are not striped and have a stoplight that can be red (STOP) or flashing yellow (yield). It is also important to obey the speed limit. Generally speaking, the maximum speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 70 MPH.
Keep An Eye On The Road
While it may seem obvious, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road while driving in the UK. Speed limits are measured in miles per hour, not kilometers, and this can be confusing for non-UK residents. In addition, you cannot turn at red traffic lights if they are on red; you must wait until the light turns green. It’s also worth noting that roundabout etiquette differs from the US; you must yield to traffic coming in from your right. While many drivers in the UK break this rule, it’s best to abide by it. Also, be aware that there are often speed cameras on major roads, especially in populated areas, and you may receive a fine if you exceed the limit. These are typically sent through the mail to your home address.
Be Prepared For The Weather
If you’re driving in the UK, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the weather. Severe weather can make the roads unsafe and cause flooding or even tornadoes. It is also important to know what type of fuel your rental car runs on, and where you can refuel. Luckily, petrol stations (or service stations as they are called in the UK) are dotted along the motorways and dual carriageways, and are also in most towns and cities.
It is also important to remember that distances and speed limits are measured in miles, not kilometers. This may be confusing for non-UK drivers, but it’s because the UK uses imperial units. There are 1760 yards in one mile. One of the best ways to get accustomed to this is by buying a road map or bringing a GPS.
Keep A Distance Between You And The Vehicle In Front
Many non-UK residents are unfamiliar with British traffic laws. This can make a car trip to the UK intimidating. The Highway Code provides advice and guidance for road users. It explains things like speed limits, vehicle maintenance, and licensing requirements. It also includes tips for driving safely, and covers topics such as alcohol and drug use.
When on a motorway or dual carriageway (two lanes each direction separated by a central line), it is recommended that you maintain a two-second distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. This distance is especially important in poor weather conditions. Speed cameras are commonplace in the UK, and penalties for speeding can be quite high. Make sure you know the speed limit for your vehicle and drive within it at all times.
Be Mindful Of Pedestrians
Pedestrians may seem to be the most untrustworthy people when it comes to road safety, but they can teach drivers a lot about keeping themselves safe. One of the main things pedestrians do is make eye contact with drivers, which lets them know that the driver is noticing them and will stop for them when crossing the street. The UK drives on the left, which can be a bit intimidating for visitors from North America or other parts of the world that don’t do so. However, with a little preparation and practice, renting a car in the UK can be a smooth experience for all involved. Just remember to always carry comprehensive car insurance with third party cover to ensure you’re covered in case of an accident.
Driving safe in the UK requires a bit more than just a driver’s license. In this article we discuss the laws that you need to be aware of, and general tips for navigating the roads. Remember that people drive on the left side of the road, and that speed limits are marked in miles per hour on circular white signs. Average speed cameras are widespread, so keep an eye out for them.