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Car hire driving information United Kingdom

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Drive on the country roads of United Kingdom. While driving you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit quaint little towns and villages on your way. One example is Stratford-on-Avon the birthplace of William Shakespeare or drive to the White Cliffs of Dover in the south. The city of London is filled with some of the most historic sites in the world which are all easily reachable by car.

To rent a car in the UK, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Some suppliers have restrictions for drivers over 69 years of age. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 3 must be seated in a child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in the United Kingdom are:

  • Town and city: 48 km/h/30mph
  • Open Roads: 96 km/h/60mph
  • Motorways: 112 km/h/70mph

Traffic restrictions
In Great Britain you drive on the left side of the road just like in Ireland. Similar drinking and driving laws apply for UK as for Ireland.

Some petrol stations found along the motorway are open 24 hours.

There is a few number of toll highways in the United Kingdom and all cars entering the city center of London are charged a congestion fee during week days.

You will find meters where you can buy a ticket and display this on your windshield. Some meters allow payment with debit or credit cards. Avoid parking where there is a red line painted on the curb or a double yellow line, parking is prohibited in those areas.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Mainland UK) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals and rentals to Northern Ireland. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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