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UK Driving Tips

Tips for Driving in the UK

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Car Hire Driving Distances in UK

Driving Licence

A full valid drivers licence is required for a minimum of 1 year.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in the United Kingdom;


Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.

Child Safety Seats

Children up to the age of 12 years old or 135cms in height must use a seat belt or an appropriate child seat.

Speed Limits

In the United Kingdom speed limits are posted in miles per hour (mph), limits can vary depending on the type of road and vehicle used. You're speed must be adjusted depending on the conditions of the road, environment, hazards and time of day. Below are the speed limits in the United Kingdom for use as a guide only, unless signed otherwise.

Drink Driving

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious offence and can lead to imprisonment. Alcohol can have a serious affect on your judgement and ability to drive. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in the United Kingdom is 0.08mg/100ml. Police have the authority to stop motorists suspected to be over the limit and carry out alcohol tests.


The only motorway in the United Kingdom where a toll is payable is on the M6. Tolls can be paid in cash, credit cards or and electronic tag linked with an account. Toll charges also exist on some tunnels and bridges. In London a congestion charge is payable when driving within the congestion charging zone during the applicable times of the day and day of the week. Payment can be made online, by phone, at participating shops or by post. Rental cars - check with the supplier upon collection for additional information and procedures.

Road Signs

Road signs in the United Kingdom conform broadly to European standards, although there are signs that are unique to the United Kingdom.


On-street parking in the United Kingdom can be very complicating and with many regulations to obey. Rules, restrictions and prices differ depending on the city, in major cities such as London you can expect to pay a high price for parking. An alternative to on-street parking is car parks, they're great for those extended stays and often secure. Although prices can vary depending on the location and time. If you decide to use on-street parking within a major city parking permitted in areas where a pay-and-display sign is posted. A ticket pre-paid to your desired time must be purchased from nearby machines and displayed on your front dashboard. You must return to your vehicle before your expiry time and remove your car or purchase more time, otherwise you will be left with a fine or having your vehicle towed. Note; Parking is not permitted in areas marked with a single and double yellow and red lines along the edge of the road. Be sure to check signage before leaving your vehicle.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting the United Kingdom:

Winter Driving

There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tires or snow chains. However, driving in winter conditions may be hazardous for the unprepared driver. Although the UK is not known for extreme winter weather, such conditions may be extremely hazardous and many drivers might need to consider driving in situations where they do not feel confident.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.