Even if you've been driving for years in another country, it can be a challenge to get used to UK roads. We've compiled some rules and tips you might want to keep in mind during your first UK roadtrip (or commute 😅).
We're going to start this article with a brief summary of the most important rules, the ones you'll need to remember in all situations to stay safe.
Long distances are always measured in miles and shorter distances in yards. That's why it's always useful to remember, for example, that 1 yard = 3 feet and 1 mile = 1760 yards.
Speed limits will be signalled on circular signs that will be posted regularly along the roads. Speed limits are displayed in miles per hour, both in the vehicles and on the roads. However, fuel is measured in litres.
Even though speed limits can vary depending on each road's specificities, it can be useful to remember standard speed limits (for vehicles weighting under 3.05t):
In the UK, roads can be divided in 3 main categories:
Some objects could be incredibly useful in the even of a breakdown. Even though the following items aren't compulsory, it is highly recommended to carry with you:
Every driver is required to have at least third party insurance to be allowed to drive legally on UK roads. This is what most rentals cars will come with. You could incur a fixed penalty of £300 and up to 6 penalty points by driving a vehicle you're not insured to drive.
If you're visiting the UK on a foreign car insurance, you should make sure to bring the certificate of international travel with you. In the event of a crash, you would need to give your own details, as well as your insurer's details to every driver involved.
Not sure how to react in the event of a crash in the UK? Read our article here
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