Make sure you Drive Alive! Drive on the left!
Children in cars: Strict regulations apply regarding children, infants and babies in cars: see the Government website.
Documentation: always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you carry your passport to validate the licence. If you are driving a vehicle registered in another country ensure you carry the relevant documents from the country of registration, including your licence and proof of insurance. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive. If you are driving a hire car keep all documents proving you are the hirer of the vehicle.
Drinking and driving: Don't do it. If you are stopped, breathalised and found to be over the limit of 80 mg per 100 ml you can be arrested.
Fines: On the spot fines are not issued in the United Kingdom. Certain traffic offences are arrestable.
Fire extinguisher: advised but not mandatory
First-aid kit is advised, but not compulsory.
Fuel: All grades of unleaded petrol and diesel are available. LPG is only available at some stations. It is allowed to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Petrol stations on Motorways are open 24/7 and on major roads and in towns fuel can normally be found between 7 am and 10 pm. Stations in rural areas will often only open during normal working hours.
Headlamp converters are compulsory if the vehicle you are driving comes from a country where you drive on the right.
Lights: dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility (less than 100 metres).
Licence requirements for visitors to the UK and Minimum age for driving, If you hold a valid EU Community Licence and are visiting the UK you can drive any vehicle, which your licence entitles you to drive. You must comply with British minimum age requirements. These are 17 years for cars and motorcycles.
phone: it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving.
Replacement bulb set recommended.
Seat belts front and rear must be worn by adults and children over 12 years of age. For children and babies see the Government website. Certain medical conditions may be exempted but a certificate must be obtained from a doctor.
Supermarkets: Most supermarkets are open every day from around 8 am to 8 pm with larger ones open longer, some 24/7 except Sunday night.
All information on this page is provided as a service to our clients. It is intended as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer driving holidays. It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies. If you find a mistake or would like to send us some additional information, please email us. Your co-operation is appreciated.