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Speed Limits
Motorways: 70mph
Open Roads: 60mph
Urban Areas: 30mph

Minimum Driver age: 17

Minimum Driver age for Rentals: 18

Required equipment for your car: N/A

Seatbelts: Compulsory for both front and rear-seat passengers

General driving information: All driving is on the left. It is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving.

If you are driving in certain areas of London, you will need to pay a congestion charge. This applies to vehicles within the zone between the hours of 07:00hrs and 18:30hrs, Monday to Friday. It does not apply on Public Holidays or weekends.

Car Hire United Kingdom

Hiring a car to travel across the UK gives you the freedom to discover as much as you can. Here at Best UK Car Hire, we are proud to offer specialist car hire throughout the UK. The UK is an exciting and interesting country to visit. Although the weather may be unpredictable, it has enough to keep even the most ardent sun seeker occupied, for example the exciting sights of London, its architecture, museums, churches and buildings of historical interest, of which there are thousands, to its great royal parks and gardens.

From London your journey could begin anywhere and it would end up in a place full of surprises and interest. Travel east and you could be in Cambridgeshire or Norfolk with it's world famous Broads and Norfolk beer festival and country houses such as Woburn Abbey and Bickling Hall.

Travelling south from London and you could find your self in the county of Sussex with it's beautiful Ashdown Forest and open heath land. The Cuckmere Valley and its popular Seven Sisters Country Park is close by and walking along the coastal path is exhilarating.

A few hours drive from London and you could be entering Oxfordshire with its Cotswold chocolate box villages, riverside country pubs and quant market towns. The city of Oxford is the one of the UK's most visited cities and it's not hard to see why. If you like historic buildings, ancient universities and parks and gardens you will find an enormous amount to see and do.

The Heart of England, will bring you face to face with Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford upon Avon and the two Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres. From here you could travel to almost any part of the UK and Staffordshire is another area close by that is steeped in history, famous for its potteries and wonderful countryside.

Up towards the northern tip of the UK and you will reach the Peak District, the Pennine Way and its beautiful open moorland and vast country houses such as Chatsworth and Tissington Hall.

Driving further North and the into the county of Yorkshire will bring you to the famous Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. A visit to the seaside town of Bridlington and you can enjoy its stunning sandy beaches and bustling harbour. Even further north and you could find yourself in one of the UK's most walked locations - Northumbria with its lonely moors, sandy beaches and the famous World Heritage site Hadrian's Wall which runs through the middle. Next stop and you could be in Berwick upon Tweed and the historic town that changed hands between the English and the Scottish fourteen times. It is now firmly in the hands of the English.

Dates for Your Diary

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

This world-famous opera festival in Lewes near Brighton runs with a variety of operas between mid May - End August. Not suitable for children under 8.

Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower show in London has now been extended a further day and now lasts 24 - 28 May. See and smell the finest collection of flowers and shrubs in the world and look at the show gardens designed by leading garden designers.

Trooping the Colour

The Queen's sovereign birthday is in June each year. In celebration the trooping the colour takes place in Whitehall London During the ceremony, The Queen is greeted by a Royal salute and carries out an inspection of the troops. The massed bands perform a musical 'troop', and the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry then march past The Queen who then travels back to the palace by carriage.

Cowes Week - Isle of Wight

This is the world's leading regatta event with over 1,000 yachts and 8,000 competitors. The 8 day event includes racing on the Solent and on the land live bands and an enormous fireworks display at the close.