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If you are going to drive in the United Kingdom, you should meet the all legal requirements applied to a driver and to a vehicle. As to drivers, they must have valid driver license and insurance cover for the driven vehicle. It is a criminal offense to drive in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales using a driver license that is not valid in the UK. If you drive using not valid driving permit, your car insurance will be voided and you will have another criminal offence, namely, driving without motor insurance. Thus, if you are going to travel to the United Kingdom, first of all, worry about your International Driver License (International Translation of Driver License). When you drive, you should have both your documents: a National Driving Permit and its International Translation. In the Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a foreign driver can drive for up to 12 months from the date of coming with his International Driver License.
In addition to having current valid International driving permit and insurance, each visitor should know the basic laws of driving in the UK:
- Residential areas: 20mph (35 km/h);
- Villages and towns: 30mph (48 km/h);
- Single carriageways: 60 mph (96 km/h);
- Motorways and dual carriageways: 70 mph (112 km/h).
A car gives a lot of freedom and help to explore sights. The interesting and picturesque places you can see driving in the countryside of the UK. Many country roads are wide only for one car; therefore, you should watch out for small areas where you can pull up to let an oncoming car pass you. Other drivers will also pull over to let you pass.
Foreign drivers should remember that there are many unmarked police cars on British roads; they perform random cars and drivers checks of vehicles and drivers.