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.
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.
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.