Most of the UK and Europe has a well-connected railway network, but you may still rent a car for your trip. It’s commonly known as “car hire” in the UK. It’s a great idea to rent a car in UK as it allows you to travel to places not connected by the railway.
Car hire UK is fairly common, but it might still be confusing for international tourists. Several driving rules differ from those in other countries, and even the car hire process may be different from what you’re used to.
Here is a list of the top 5 things you should know to rent a car in the UK as a tourist.
It is legal for people 17 years and older to drive in the UK, but the age limits vary by the company between 17 and 25 years. Check with your car hire company about the minimum age for renting a car as drivers under 25 may be charged hefty surcharge fees.
The same goes for drivers above the age of 70. They may even require a doctor’s certificate clearing them to drive.
All roads in the UK follow a left-hand drive system, so the inside of the car will be different, too. The driver’s seat will be on the right, and the gear stick will be on your left. It can also be disorienting when you have to suddenly drive on the opposite side of the road.
Ensure that you familiarize yourself with the inside of the car and go slow until you get the hang of it.
Most cars in the UK have a manual transmission. You can find a car with an automatic transmission, but the difference in cost can be significant. However, if you’re not familiar with a manual transmission, it might be best to pay the extra amount.
Do not rent a car in the UK without buying insurance. A third party cover (TPC), commonly known as a Third Party Liability Insurance, is common in the UK and is generally included in your price. But check your documentation to ensure that the company has charged you for it.
Avoid driving in London
There is plenty of public transport available in London along with taxis. Avoid driving in London as it costs GPB 11.50 to drive on weekdays in central London. Save your car rental for the verdant, beautiful countryside and rolling hills.