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    Driving Information UK

    Driving Licence Requirements

    If you are looking to hire a car and drive in the UK, you must be at least 22 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year.

    Age Restrictions

    Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers have a maximum age limit of 69 years old. The UK age restriction may vary by supplier. Please check the Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking for a hire car in London and other cities.

    Driving Distance

    • Birmingham to London - 190kms (2 hours/15mins)

    • Bristol to Southampton - 169kms (1 hour/55mins)

    • Liverpool to Manchester - 57kms (50mins)

    • Cardiff to Swansea - 66kms (50mins)

    • Glasgow to Edinburgh - 83kms (1 hour)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General UK driving information, laws rules and regulations:

    • UK Driving is on the left hand side of the road.

    • Overtaking is on the right hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a hire car in UK are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • UK Petrol stations are open from 6am to 10pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.


    There are a limited number of UK toll motorways and all car users entering the city centre of London are charged a congestion fee during week days.

    Parking Information

    There are meters where you can buy a ticket and display this on your windshield. When there is a red line painted on the curb or a double yellow line, parking is prohibited.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Domestic one-way hire is unrestricted and free of charge. There are fees for international one-way rentals and rentals to Northern Ireland, and not all vehicles are allowed.

    We offer cars in Bristol and at all other major pick up locations together with a large rental car fleet, so make the most of your trip with a hire car in UK from Auto Europe. For more UK travel information, contact us on +441233225114.

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