How long do you really need to enjoy a great road trip in the UK? The answer to this question is simple – as long as you want.
The UK is one of the best road trip destinations in the world and this is for many reasons. The roads are well maintained which makes driving in the UK stress free. The signs are all clear and the road rules are simple and easy to follow.
The most challenging part of planning your road trip is choosing what to put on your itinerary. You need to start by asking yourself what are the must see destinations on your list. Once you have done this – it is easy to get the itinerary organised.
The basics that you need to know for a UK driving holiday are that if you are under 25 years of age you may need to pay a young driver fee for your car hire. We have a variety of partners on our website including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Alamo. This makes securing your car hire UK simple. Plan and book in advance as things get busy in summer.
There may be one way fees involved if you are looking at picking up your carhire UK in one destination such as London and dropping off in another such as Scotland. These fees however will always be included in our car hire rates.
Once you have picked up your vehicle it is important to follow the speed limits at all times. Built up roads have a max speed of 45km and country roads have a max speed of 64-80 km. Once you head onto a motorway you are able to travel at 112 km.
Seatbelts are compulsory in all areas of the UK at all times. The maximum BAC content allowed is 0.08. One of the best things about driving in the UK is that you drive on the same side of the road as in Australia.
Make sure you are very familiar with the headlights as often you will need them on all day due to misty/foggy conditions which are common in the UK. It is also important to consider the time of year that you are travelling. In summer and particularly the month of May you will have the longest days and daylight for the best driving conditions which is important when planning your itinerary. If travelling in winter it can often be dark by 4 pm.
London is a great place to start because of what it offers as a destination. My advice for London is to avoid the congestion zones where there are fees for driving in central London during peak periods.
Another good tip for driving around London is to make use of your smartphone as there is a great RAC mobile traffic app which will keep you abreast of all the traffic conditions in your area.
London has so many tourist hotspots including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Portobello Markets and Hyde Park.
A short almost 1 hour drive from London also takes you on the M4 through to Windsor. Take your time exploring the Castle, river, picturesque streets and cafes.
Also accessible by car and only a 2 hour drive from London is the Southeast area. Here you will drive through the seaside towns of Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, and Surrey.
If the weather is decent take a stroll on Brighton Pier with fish and chips. A real must see destination is the charmed areas of Oxford and Cambridge which are steeped in tradition and make for a nice drive.
When you drive towards the Southwest your scenery will change dramatically to stunning beaches and coastline. Cornwall, Dorset and Devon are all magnificent spots to meander through and offer a unique village and historical feel to them.
No trip to the UK is complete without a leisurely drive to Scotland which is a picturesque journey year round. The drive from London is best done over a couple of days with a stopover in stunning York.
Once you hit Scotland – Edinburgh is the place to be as it is simply gorgeous year round (but wet) with much to offer the tourist. But if you want to have the best opportunity for good weather and a packed itinerary then I recommend going over summer. August is when things heat up in Edinburgh as it is festival and events time.
So hit the road and enjoy !
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