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Drive in England

Here are some valuable information to drive in England.
As always, we recommend following some basic and universal rules: always respect the speed limits. It is forbidden to drive in England after having taken alcohol, in quantities greater than 0.80mg per liter of blood. Zero tolerance throughout the country. The checks are quite frequent, and the penalties are severe, reaching over 6000 € and driving disqualification.
It is absolutely forbidden to use a mobile phone while driving.


In the country you drive on the left and overtake on the right. In the early days, it will not be easy to get used to a driving style that is different from the rest of Europe. For some, it could be nothing short of traumatic. All daily gestures will be done in the opposite direction! Change the perception of space, and the way of turning.
Prudence, and respect for the safety distance, will certainly be a good advantage.

It is always necessary to give priority to pedestrians who cross or are about to cross a road; even if there are no pedestrian crossings on the ground.
In the event of an accident, you MUST ALWAYS STOP and provide assistance where necessary. It is mandatory to provide personal details.

In London, avoid driving with your car, preferring public transport. Our advice is to book in a structure with parking.
On weekdays, to circulate, or stop, in London, from 07:00 to 18:00, you will have to pay a fee equal to 11,50£ per day!
In the East London area, on the other hand, a toll payment of 2,50 is envisaged.

Drive in England


Driving license, registration certificate and valid insurance certificate. If you are driving a vehicle that is not your own, we recommend that you take a DELEGATION TO CONDUCT. This is a delegation of the vehicle owner with an authenticated signature. It is not mandatory.
Remember that you can enter with your vehicle, as long as your holiday does not exceed 6 months.
It is mandatory to have an RC policy to drive on the roads of the United Kingdom, and insurance coverage for damage caused to third parties. In case of lack, you risk a fine of almost 400 €!


The seat belts must be fastened on all seats, front and rear.
Safety devices are not mandatory.
When traveling on the road, the triangle, reflective vest, and first aid kit should never be missing in the vehicle.


Generally, when driving in England, you will have to deal with three types of road: highways, primary roads and secondary roads.

The Highways (Motorways), are the high-speed road sections, which develop for about 3000km.
They are identified by signals with white characters on a blue background, and the letter M preceding a number.
Apart from a short section along the M6, motorways in England are FREE.

The Primary roads, are fast roads, which cross the whole country. They can have a single or double carriageway, and are divided into two categories: A and B. The first ones, have similar characteristics to the highways and mainly connect the most important cities. The others, instead, connect the smaller centers.
Signs with white background and black characters indicate the Secondary roads, also divided into categories A and B, based on importance. They are secondary traits, sometimes communicating with the primary roads.


In the big cities, and in the main places of interest, you will always find 24 open distributors, which supply green and diesel petrol.
Only in rural roads, you will find it difficult to find gas stations


Unless otherwise specified, the speed limits are as follows:

  • 30mph in built-up areas.
  • 60mph outside built-up areas.
  • 70mph on the motorway and on dual carriageway roads.


Children up to 12 years, must travel on approved seats, and appropriate for their weight and age.
If they are installed in the opposite direction to the direction of travel, the airbags must be deactivated.

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