UK driving guide

On the roads of the United Kingdom you will have a wonderful glimpse of the past. Certainly, it will surely take some time to adapt to the driving side left but it is worth it. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, hometown of William Shakespeare, or visit Douves to discover its famous white chalk cliffs "White Cliffs of Dover" in the south. Then in London, you will find some of the most beautiful historical sites in the world that are very easy to reach by car. Driving in the UK is the best way to explore the country without having to be bound by public transportation schedules. This article will explain to you about the renting car guide in the UK.

Terms related to age

To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21 years old (varies according to the category of vehicle) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. To note, drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to a supplement payable locally (young driver's fee). Some renters impose an age limit of 69 years maximum to reserve a rental vehicle. Children under 12 years old must be seated in a child seat adapted to their age and weight. They are not allowed to sit in front of the car.

Speed ​​limit

The speed limits in the UK are as follows: 

- Agglomeration: 48km / h (30mph) 
- Out of town: 96km / h (60mph) 
- Highway or 2 lanes: 112km / h (70mph) 

Rules of the road

Unlike most roads in Europe, driving in the UK is left. Be careful, the priority on the right does not exist. In the roundabouts, committed drivers have priority.


In the UK, gasoline is called Petrol. Some service stations located on motorways are open 24 hours a day. However you must know the locations of gasoline stations in the city you are going to visit.


Some highways are paying in the UK. In addition, all vehicles entering central London will be subject to a congestion charge from Monday to Friday.

Car park

Parking is quite expensive especially in London. You can buy your ticket in a ticket machine and then put it under the windshield. Red or yellow lines on sidewalks or shoulders indicate that parking is prohibited.

Insurance Information

The conditions of car rental insurance vary according to many factors; it is therefore necessary to read the terms and conditions before making your reservation. The rules in force are those of the country where you took the vehicle. All our rates include civil liability as well as financial liability reduced to the deductible in case of damage or theft and fire insurance. If you have a credit card with additional insurance, contact the issuer directly for more information. The details of the insurance for your rental will be explained in detail on your voucher.

Restrictions on car rental

Most vehicles can travel to England, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Western Europe. However, additional insurance will be charged. It takes about 200 GBP, or about 240 euros (depending on the duration of the lease); this covers the roadside assistance, the green card and the ferry crossing. Due to insurance regulations, certain destinations or categories of rental car (luxury for example) are not allowed to leave the country. Please inquire before booking if you wish to visit Western Europe.


One-way car rentals within the UK are as often as possible but with some restrictions and drop-off fees. One-way international is not always allowed, and abandonment fees may vary by vehicle category.

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