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United Kingdom Travel Tips 

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Everyone should visit the amazing and vibrant UK at least once. From history to culture to seeing some of the most famous sights in the world, such as the Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace - there are so many spectacular things to see in England's capital city alone, that you could stay for a week and still have lots to do like travelling to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In order to get the best out of United Kingdom, why not book a hire car at VroomVroomVrom? Be sure to take your next trip to England to the next level with a reliable car rental to explore everything that UK has to offer! Discover how to get around, learn the road safety and vehicle rules and where to stay, with our useful guide

Road rules and regulations in the UK

Here's some advice on how to get around in the UK in your rental car. For more detailed information, see UK Driving Regulations.

  1. In UK, always drive on the left-hand side of the road. 
  2. All traffic signals and road signs must be obeyed at all times.
  3. You may get a fine up to £440 for not wearing a seat belt. 
  4. Do not use the horn in built-up areas from 23:30 to 07:00 hours.
  5. You can be fined or arrested if the police officer thinks your driving is a risk to other road users, even if you are driving slowly.

Crossing From England & Wales to Scotland 

Going to Scotland from the south is easy. From England & Wales, you have two routes: the east of England on the A1, or the west using the M6, A74 (M) and M74. Taking the A1 route, which passes through or near Doncaster, Peterborough, Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed, will provide you the option of branching off onto the A68 road. If you are looking for scenery and don't mind taking a little longer then take the A68. But if you are in a hurry, opt and take the M6 route. The road passes through Birmingham, between Manchester and Liverpool and on to Carlisle.

Travelling between Scotland and Northern Ireland

Usually, the route between the islands of Ireland and Britain is crossed between Northern Ireland and Scotland. Travelling by air is the most obvious option. However, travellers can also take the sea ferry. Going to Northern Ireland from Scotland is easily accessible with a choice of routes and ferry companies. Getting in by ferry in Northern Ireland is easy with crossings on offer from England, Isle of Man and Scotland. 

Hire car comparison in the UK now made easy

VroomVroomVroom offers the best deals of high-quality hire cars of all types from major suppliers such as Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, Alamo, Green Motion, Enterprise and Thrifty. Just fill in our search box your location and dates to start comparing, Find the car you want for the price you want, click on the book button, fill out your details and you'll have your booking confirmation. The whole car rental comparison process will only take  a few minutes. And most of the time you don't even need to give out your credit card details, so you can rest assured it's safe.

England Car Hire

London, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton are recently named as the 10 best places and cities to visit in England by foreign visitors, according to Telegraph Travel.
More people prefer to rent a car in England because of convenience. A hire car makes travelling from one place to another fast and easy. It is also cheaper and practical for those travelling in groups. Of course, the scenic drives in the UK, including the Tower of London, the picturesque Lake District,  Durham Cathedral, York Minster, Windsor Castle and  Stonehenge are great reasons why you should definitely book a car hire when in England.

Scotland Rental Car

Scotland which covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, shares a border with England to the south. Best explored with a rental car, VroomVroomVroom can help you find a vehicle that will best fit your budget and needs. Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee, Inverness, Melrose, Andrews, Linlithgow, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow are the 10 favourite towns and cities to visit by foreign visitors.
There are many wonderful reasons to visit Scotland. These include the argyll and the isles, the Outlander sites, epic trails, the roadside attractions and the famous castles such as The Lomond Shores and Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and the National Gallery in Edinburgh

Wales Hire Car

Wales lies on a mountainous western peninsula of the island of Great Britain.It is bordered to the east by England, the Republic of Ireland sits to the west across the Irish Sea, while the West Country of Devon and Cornwall is directly south across the Bristol Channel/Celtic Sea.

There are so many interesting things to see and do in Wales such as hiking, canoeing, sightseeing, museum hopping, and shopping. The country has three national parks: the Snowdonia National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Wales favourite tourist destinations include Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Swansea.

Northern Ireland Car Rental

Located in county Antrim, Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. There are five cities in the region: Armagh, Belfast, Derry, Lisburn, and Newry. Some of the top-rated tourist attractions in Northern Ireland are the Giant's Causeway, the Causeway Coast, the Glens of Antrim, Carrickfergus Castle, the Titanic Belfast, Ards Peninsula, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Londonderry (Derry).

Northern Ireland is famous for its magnificent mountains, glacial valleys, majestic Norman castles, and Celtic monuments, Northern Ireland has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. 

Where to park in the UK?

We don't want to scare you about driving in the UK but be warned! If you park illegally you are likely to get caught and just as likely to have your vehicle clamped. You have been warned!

In London, with the advent of decriminalised parking the practice of clamping is becoming much more widespread and, as evidenced by the TV show 'Clampers', can be very arbitrary. However, the operation is very expensive and local authorities can, and do, clamp and remove any vehicle that is parked illegally rather than leave an expensive tow truck or clamping van idle.

London Congestion Zone Charge

London introduced a 5 GBP daily congestion charge to reduce traffic and get London moving. The Congestion Zone operates between 7am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Traffic signs will make it very clear exactly where the charging zone is. The Zone is basically a ring around the most central area of London starting at Hyde Park in the west to London Bridge in the east, and from Kings Cross in the north to Kennington in the South.

If you are picking up or returning a hire car within the Congestion Zone during its operating times you will have to pay the fee, sorry car hire will not be exempt, though at least the fee can be paid directly to the car hire company. All airports are outside of the zone. See the London Congestion Charging site for more information.

A Picture is worth a thousand words in the rental car industry

We highly recommend that you purchase and carry a disposable camera in your hire car at all times (even your car at home for that matter). This allows you to document and unsavoury situations that may occur like:

  • Car damage caused while parked or away
  • Vehicle condition at the time of return
  • Unjust tire clamping
  • Accident sites
  • The occasional panorama
  • A great sun set

Seriously, while the brand-name car rental companies on VroomVroomVroom have received minimal complaints, and most are dealt with in both a timely and reasonable fashion, some car rental companies claim repairs for damage already done prior to rental or damage occurring after the vehicle has been returned. A few pictures can stop this activity before it gains any momentum. Just saying that you have before and after pictures usually does the trick.

Having a disposal camera (and often a current daily paper) allows you to document the situation as you come upon it. The daily paper is to prove the time that the activity occurred. A picture truly is worth a thousand words - so don't take any chances and become an amateur Paparazzi for fun and safety.

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