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Driving a hire car in the UK

Driving your hire car in the UK...

Driving Licence:

All drivers must
comply with British minimum age requirements. Generally, these are:

17 years for cars and motorcycles,
18 years for medium sized vehicles
21 years for large lorries and buses


Speed Limits

Motorways: 70mph
Dual Carriageways: 60mph
Urban areas:30mph


Road Rules:

Driving in the UK for most Europeans and Americans can take a bit of adjusting to as traffic drives on the left hand side of the road.

Although the minimum driving age is 18 in the UK, to hire a car in the UK the minimum age is 21. This is to comply with insurance restrictions.

Adults, and children aged 14 years and over, MUST use a seat belt or child restraint, where fitted.

DO NOT drink and drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.


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