Driving in the UK

Tips for the Road

  • The UK follows the left hand driving system.
  • Speed limits are set in mph not kph.
  • When using roundabouts, you should always give priority to the right or cars that have already entered the roundabout. 
  • In the UK you are not allowed to turn left on a red light. You must wait for the signal to turn green before proceeding.
  • Using mobile phones without a hands-free system is strictly prohibited.
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Road Types and Speed Limits

Motorways (M)

  • Speed Limit: Generally 70 mph (113 km/h), with variations during road works or other special conditions.

  • Characteristics: The UK's motorway network is a series of high-speed roads connecting major cities. They are designed for fast, long-distance travel and are accessible only to motorized vehicles that meet certain minimum speed requirements. They are typically free to use, except for the M6 Toll, which is a privately operated stretch of motorway that bypasses Birmingham and allows drivers to avoid congestion at a cost. Certain stretches, particularly those close to major cities, may operate with smart motorway regulations where speed limits can change dynamically based on traffic conditions.

A Roads (A)

  • Speed Limit: Typically 60 mph (97 km/h) for single carriageways and up to 70 mph (113 km/h) for dual carriageways, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Characteristics: A roads in the UK serve as the main arteries for inter-city and regional traffic, connecting towns and cities across the country. They can range from single carriageway roads in rural areas to dual carriageway express routes with characteristics similar to motorways.

B Roads (B)

  • Speed Limit: Varies, but usually 60 mph (97 km/h) on rural stretches and 30 mph (48 km/h) in more built-up areas.

  • Characteristics: B roads are smaller, regional routes that connect different areas not served by the larger A roads or motorways. They can often offer scenic routes and are important for local traffic.

Local Roads

  • Speed Limit: Generally 30 mph (48 km/h) in built-up areas, although residential zones can have limits as low as 20 mph (32 km/h).
  • Characteristics: Local roads are the smaller streets that connect people to homes, shops, and services. They're looked after by the local council and include the streets where people live, busy town roads, and countryside paths.
Country Lanes

  • Speed Limit: Usually up to 60 mph (97 km/h) but can be reduced to 50 mph (80 km/h) or lower, especially in areas with sharp bends, narrow passages.
  • Characteristics: Country lanes in the UK are narrow roads that go through the countryside. They often have just one lane and special spots to let cars pass each other. You'll see lots of greenery, like hedges and stone walls, along the sides. These roads are peaceful and offer a nice view of the outdoors and wildlife.
Toll Roads

The United Kingdom's motorways are predominantly toll-free, but charges apply to certain motorways, bridges, and tunnels. Drivers may be charged a set fee when entering or exiting a toll road, depending on the toll system in place. Payment methods include cash, credit or debit cards, or electronic payment services. For example, the Dart Charge is a service used for the Dartford Crossing near London, and motorists can pay in advance or by midnight the day after crossing. Regular users have the option to set up a pre-paid account, which facilitates automatic payments at a reduced rate.

London Congestion Charge

In London, a Congestion Charge is applied to most vehicles entering the city center to reduce traffic and pollution. This charge operates on weekdays during designated hours. Drivers can pay the charge in several convenient ways: online through the Transport for London (TfL) website, via the official TfL app, or by setting up an Auto Pay account for automated payments. Auto Pay is especially handy as it ensures you never forget to pay the charge, and it also offers a discount for each vehicle registered. Payments should be made in advance or by midnight on the day of travel to avoid a penalty.

Major Roads in the UK

  • M1 Motorway: A major north-south motorway in England, connecting London to Leeds. It is a key route for traveling from the south to the north of England. The motorway starts in London and passes through significant locations such as Milton Keynes, Northampton, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, and Sheffield, before reaching Leeds.
  • M4 Motorway: Runs west from London to South Wales, passing through Reading, Swindon, and Bristol, and is crucial for accessing Cardiff and other Welsh cities.
  • M6 Motorway: Another major north-south route, which passes through the West Midlands, north-western parts of England, and on to the Scottish border. The M6 Toll is a notable toll portion bypassing Birmingham.
  • M25 Motorway: Encircles London, known as London’s orbital motorway, and is one of Europe's busiest roads, providing connections to numerous other major roads and motorways.
  • A1(M) Motorway: Part of the A1 route, which is the longest numbered road in the UK, running from London to Edinburgh. The A1(M) is the motorway portion that provides faster travel at certain stretches between these cities.
  • M62 Motorway: Connects Liverpool and Hull via Manchester and Leeds, representing a significant trans-Pennine route linking the ports on the west and east coasts of England.

Top City Destinations



Valletta, the capital of Malta, is a baroque masterpiece with streets and buildings carved from glowing limestone. Roam the city and discover the street art that transforms its ancient walls into a modern canvas. For a rush of adrenaline, take a speedboat tour around the harbor, or delve underground to explore the wartime legacy at the Lascaris War Rooms.If you’re a foodie a must-try is the traditional pastizzi, flaky pastry pockets filled with ricotta, found at any local vendor.  Experience the vibrant energy of Valletta’s street markets, and for a panoramic view, ride the elevator to the Upper Barrakka Gardens to witness the majestic sweep of the cityscape.


Manchester exudes a unique energy, known for its contributions to music and sports. You can catch a rousing football match at Old Trafford or immerse yourself in the beats of live gigs at the Manchester Arena. If you are a football enthusiast, stop by the National Football Museum, a treasure trove of fascinating memorabilia and interactive exhibits.The city has a vibrant cultural scene, with the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth displaying captivating collections. Over at Salford Quays, you’ll find the Imperial War Museum North, a modern architectural gem. Get into the groove of Manchester’s nightlife by exploring its numerous bars and nightclubs, offering a chance to dance and enjoy some fantastic entertainment.

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Explore Leeds, a vibrant city at the heart of Yorkshire, with its lively Kirkgate Market, one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. Here you can indulge in local culinary delights and rummage for vintage gems. For a taste of literary history, make your way to the iconic Leeds Library. Check out the Royal Armouries Museum to get your fill of swords and armors. Don’t leave without tasting the local flavors at Trinity Kitchen, where the food trucks serve up a rotating feast of street food that’s as dynamic as the city itself.


Edinburgh, Scotland’s joyful capital, dances to the rhythm of bagpipes and contemporary beats, with kilt-clad pipers and modern artists contributing to its exhilarating atmosphere. 

The skyline is crowned by Edinburgh Castle, an ancient fortress that offers epic views across the city. Take a stroll down the Royal Mile to soak up the history, and then land at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to see how the royals live it up. For the real taste of Scotland, grab a Scotch in a cozy pub or hit up Leith for some fresh, edgy eats. When the Edinburgh Fringe kicks off, the city transforms into a mega stage for the arts, making its cultural vibe as alive and kicking as its rich history.



Liverpool, home to the legendary Beatles, blends an eclectic cultural mix with maritime allure. Start your adventure at the Beatles Story in the Albert Dock, an immersive museum that traces the band’s journey to stardom. Then, hop on the Mersey Ferry for a scenic ride that offers stunning views along with a glimpse into Liverpool’s naval past. Go underground to explore the Williamson Tunnels, a labyrinth of 19th-century passageways with a mysterious history. And for a real taste of local life, savor the flavors at the diverse food stalls in the Baltic Market.


Brighton, a lively seaside city with a bohemian spirit. Hit up the Brighton Pier for classic arcade games and snacks with a view, a true taste of British beach life. Wander into the Lanes, where you’ll find independent shops and some of the best vintage hunting around.  Don’t miss the Royal Pavilion, an extravagant palace with Indian and Chinese-inspired architecture. For art enthusiasts, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery showcases eclectic collections that capture the city’s unique flair. To taste Brighton’s fresh and inventive cuisine, check out the food stalls at Brighton Open Market, a local favorite for organic produce and artisanal treats.



Birmingham, known as the City of a Thousand Trades, is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself while staying true to its industrial roots. Check out the Bullring & Grand Central, where shopping is an Olympic sport, offering everything from high-street fashion to designer digs. Or, visit the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, known for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings and eye-catching contemporary exhibitions. For one-of-a-kind experiences, make your way down to the Jewellery Quarter, which contributes significantly to Britain’s jewelry production, or taste a sweet treat at Cadbury World. And don’t miss the chance to navigate the canals — either on foot or by boat — for a unique perspective on this Midlands powerhouse.


The city of Oxford is steeped in scholarly prestige. Get your brain ticking at the Oxford University colleges—every corner has a story, from Harry Potter filming locations to whispers of old-time secrets. Take to the water and punt down the Cherwell, dodging the weeping willows. A visit to the Ashmolean Museum, where you can time-travel from Egyptian mummies to modern art masterpieces, is a must. The covered market is your go-to for foodie finds—street food with a gourmet twist, right in the heart of this historic city.