UK Driving Tips from

If you are looking to drive a car in the UK here are the tips you must know:

  • Car drivers and front seat passengers must wear a seat belt unless they hold a medical exemption certificate.
  • Any passengers in the rear of the car must also wear a seat belt if fitted.
  • An exception to wearing seatbelt is when the driver is reversing the car
  • In the UK you have to drive on the left hand side of the road
  • The minimum age to drive a car in the UK is 17 (16 for some people claiming Mobility Benefit).
  • Third party insurance is a minimum form of insurance required
  • Using a hand held mobile phone while driving is illegal
  • Any children aged 3-12 years old and under the height of 135cms in height in the vehicle must be in the correct child restraint.
  • Drivers must use their headlights or front and rear fog lights when visibility is reduced to around less than 100m
  • Drivers must use their headlights at night on lit motorways and roads with a speed limit in excess of 30 mph.
  • Drivers must not have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when driving.
  • Speed limits in the UK are as follows:
    • Up to 30mph in built up areas unless otherwise indicated on a road sign.
    • Up to 60mph outside of built up areas
    • Up to 70pmh on motorways and dual-carriageways
  • Familiarise yourself with UK parking signs and markings to avoid fines.
  • Although not mandatory it is advised you travel with a reflective jacket in the event of a breakdown, first aid kit, tools to replace a flat tyre and a warning triangle.
  • Obey the Highway Code!