United Kingdom Getting around by car

Road rules

In United Kingdom you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 113 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 113 km/h (70 mph) on expressways, 48 km/h (29 mph) in all built-up areas and 97 km/h (60 mph) on undivided highways.

Turn on red

Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.


It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.

On the road


Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called petrol, Super unleaded (98) or Unleaded (95). Petrol costs about £1.09 (€1.23) per liter.

Diesel option is called Diesel.

Petrol stations

Most popular petrol stations in United Kingdom are Asda, Tesco, Shell, Sainsburys, Esso, Morrisons and BP.

Traffic news

Road assistance is available at 0800 88 77 66 (Automobile Association AA) or null (RAC). For general news on United Kingdom's traffic use Traffic England, Automobile Association (AA) or Highways England. For news on United Kingdom’s motorways and tolls use M6 toll, Transport for London or UK Toll Roads.

Driving license

Only original license is required

Since both France and United Kingdom are part of the European Economic Area your driving license will be valid in United Kingdom without any additional documents required. If you do not have a new plastic, credit-sized driving license you can still use your existing license.

Rent a car

In order to rent a car:

  • you must be over 25
  • must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
  • almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
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