UK Driving Tips
Driving in the UK is not always easy especially in and around the major cities. The motorway network in the UK is comprehensive and most routes fan out from london in the southeast or Birmingham in the Midlands. UK service stations is every 30 miles and most offer similar facilities.
Traffic in the UK travels on the left hand side and overtaking is on the right hand side and the cars are eqipped with the steering wheel on the right hand side of the vehicle. The minimum age for driving is 17 years and even if you legally hold a licence at a younger age in your country it is still illegal to drive in the UK if you are not 17 years of age. The speed limit in the city is 30mph to 48kph, on the open roads it is 60mph to 96kph and on the highways it is 70mph to 112kph. Gasonline is often called petrol in the United Kingdom and some of them are on the expressways and are opened 24 hours.
Seat belts are compulsory in the United Kingdom and must be worn in the front and the rear, childrens under the age of 14 should wear seat belts or sit in an approved child restraint and this should be a baby seat, child seat appropriated to the child’s weight and size fitted to the manufacture’s instructions. Left hand drive cars must be adapated using headlight deflectors before driving in the United Kingdom even during daylight hours. The vehicle owner should make sure that they have the country origin stickers used unless licence plate has the sticker pre applied. Make sure you carry your driving licence, insurance papers, registration papers with proof of ownership whenever you drive in the UK. Consumption of alcohol while driving is illegal and the blood alcohol limit is low at 0.4 millligrams of alcohol per liter of blood and if found more than the limit it is a crime resulting in heavy criminal penalities.
It is advisable to avoid driving in the dark and park your vehicle at a place where there is good light, do not drive in wet and windy weather as it is very dangerous, if possible stop and wait for the weather to settle down.Traffic police are empowered to collect fines at the spot if you voilate any traffic rules. Motorcyclist are advised to wear a helmet while driving.
Speed Limits on UK roads:
Speed limit in the city 30 mph to 48 kph
Speed limit on the open roads 60 mph to 96 kph
Speed limit on the highways 70 mph to 112 kph
Alcohol limit in UK:
The blood alcohol limit is low at 0.4 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood.
Emergency Service Phone Numbers in the UK:
Police Service, Fire Service and Ambulance Service - 999
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