Driving tips for visitors traveling to the UK

 

Traveling for the first time the United Kingdom could be a little bit overwhelming, especially if you live… pretty much elsewhere where there isn’t an English influence. From driving rules to system conversions, phone adapters, and everything else in between, it seems like a visit in the kingdom doesn’t pass without worries.

Nevertheless, if you happen to enjoy traveling just like me or you’re bound to see the Queen for a rendezvous, you need to learn a little bit more about the British culture, customs, and rules. This also applies to driving rules, especially if you want to cross the street like a civilized pedestrian or you want to rent a car and see the country’s beauties on your own.

In order to make your life easier and your stay more pleasant in the Kingdom, I have put down some specific rules you should take into account to avoid visits to the police officers in the middle of the night or any other minor incidents.

Learn the language

No, I’m not kidding. American English and British English are two whole different languages, and it would be best to learn at least some basic vocabulary before engaging in any type of conversation with the locals. You need to know the difference between the ground floor and the first floor of a building, as well as the fact that the high street is the same with the main street. And, the most important thing, if you want to call a cab, ask for a taxi or a cabby so you won’t immediately feel like a stranger in a country that’s supposed to speak your mother tongue.

 

Speed limits

If you’re coming from the United States, anything related to speeds will be easy for you as the metric system is the same. The speed limit depends on the road and city you are, but it is generally 60 mph or approximately 97 km per hour. For dual carriageways or motorways, the speed limit is 70 mph or 112 km per hour. Obviously, if you’re from Europe or elsewhere, changing the metric system could be a little bit difficult until you adjust.

Similar to other countries, if you’re breaking the speed limit, you will receive a fee and penalty points on your driver’s license. There are plenty of things you should know, but these are the basic rules.

Parking

Don’t expect to find a decent parking place if you travel to London or large English cities. Just like in most other important cities of the world, traffic is already suffocated by millions of cars, so finding a place to park your car, especially near your work or home premises is pure bliss.

 

 

 

3 things you always need to carry in your car

 

Many people in this day and age travel by car to work, when on vacation, for errands, and many other purposes. That means that besides putting mileage to the car, we also spend a lot of time being inside a vehicle, which may expose us to certain dangers, even if we don’t think about them, being focused on where we need to be. If you want always to be prepared and ready for the unforeseen, here are three things that should never be amiss from your car.

An emergency kit

It is a good idea to pack for all kinds of situations, but, of course, loading your car trunk with all sorts of stuff is not always a good idea. That is why the best solution is to get an emergency kit that is lightweight and compact. All the tools and other items in such a kit would be designed in such a way that they take up very little room, while still offering you the convenience of having everything you need at your fingertips.

Such a kit should contain a multi-tool, that can help unscrewing bolts, cut wires, and everything else that involves the use of a small tool. The kit should include some first aid supplies, just in case you get injured, by being involved in an accident or anything similar. Another thing that should not be amiss would be some food.

Energy bars are an excellent choice because they are compact, but an excellent source of calories. A bottle of water should be included, too. Other items that should be there are a flashlight and the means to start a fire. If you have all these with you, you will be more prepared for almost anything that might go wrong during your trip.

 

Spare gas

You can never know when you may be running out of gas, just because you overlooked making the refill, or you got suddenly engaged in a longer trip than previously planned. A gas canister with some spare gas is never a bad thing to have packed in the trunk of your car. Also, if you happen to meet someone stranded by the side of the road, you can help them, as well.

A fire extinguisher

Electrical circuits can be the culprit for fires that start all of a sudden, and that can jeopardize not only your vehicle but also your life. With the help of a fire extinguisher, you no longer have to wait for the firefighters to come to the rescue. Also, you can use the device to put out a campfire that got out of hand. I would never leave on a long trip without such an item carefully tucked inside my trunk.

 

5 great gifts for men

 

Just like many of you can relate, I also have a difficult time looking for the perfect gift for my man or any of my close male friends or family members. It also happens that I don’t always have the time (or the money) to purchase something right when I see it during the year, so I find myself often near the holiday season with a huge question mark above my head.

And, although there are numerous items on the market you could opt for, it is hard finding the right present that will not only touch his heart but will also apply to his needs and personality also. So, whether you’re buying a present for your brother, your father, your boyfriend, or any other significant man in your life, you must take into account his own passions and personal preferences.

No man is the same, but I’m sure that my list of the five most thoughtful gifts for men will pull out of trouble plenty of girlfriends, sisters, and mothers. Here is what I consider to be some of the greatest gifts for men.

Wallets

It may seem like an impersonal gift, but I assure you a nice leather wallet will definitely be appreciated by all men in your life. Depending on his personality, you can choose from a wide variety of options, including leather, vinyl, faux leather, jeans material, and others. There are plenty of websites providing some of the coolest wallets designs, so it is worth trying them out.

Beer games

No man can resist a good beer, so there is no surprise that the beer gifting industry has developed massively, aiming to please all its clients with new designs and interesting challenges. I know my man loves to drink a cold beer whenever he’s off work, so I thought I would make things more interesting with some board games involving beer. There are plenty of options available on the market, so I’m sure you will find the right one for your boo.

Smart watches

Some of the most popular inventions amongst men in last few years, there is no way you can fail by buying your man a smartwatch, provided he doesn’t have one already. And, even if he does have one, I’m sure he won’t say “no” to adding a new item to his collection. Almost all men are passionate about technology, so if there is any new feature that his old smartwatch cannot incorporate, he will find the perfect excuse to look for a brand new one. Of course, if you don’t want him to spend all your holiday gift budget on a single item, you should go with him shopping or buy the watch for him.