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Driving in the UK

Foreign visitors can legally drive in the UK using a valid non-UK driving licence for a period of up to 12 months from the date of arrival. Driving in the UK is on the left side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right. It will take some time to get use to driving on the left side of the road if you are use to driving on the right. 

Ensure you have adequate insurance and the car that you are driving is roadworthy. The law in the UK requires both the driver and passengers to fasten their seat belts when in a moving vehicle. The law also prohibits the driver from using a mobile phone while driving and is strict against those driving under the influence of alcohol. Police patrols strictly enforced the country’s driving laws. Remember that police in UK strictly enforce the country’s driving laws.

Regent Street in London by Lewis Clarke

The Eurotunnel Shuttle

The Eurotunnel Shuttle is train service carrying cars and passengers through the Eurotunnel (under the English Channel) between Calais in France and Folkestone on the southern coast of England. The journey takes about 25 minutes and can stay seated in your vehicle while the train is moving though you can stretch out your legs is you wish. Toilets are available on the train should you need to use them. From Folkestone, take the M20 and drive heading north-west to London.

Boarding the Eurotunnel Shuttle by Ministère des Affaires Étrangères Français

Roads to London

London is the epicentre of the road network on the UK mainland. Therefore, London is easily reachable by road from other cities and towns in England, Scotland and Wales. The M25 motorway encircles Greater London and from here radiates into other motorways and primary roads connecting the city with the rest of the UK mainland.

The following are the major roads heading to London.

  • The A1 runs southwards along the UK’s eastern side from Edinburgh and passes through Northumberland, Newcastle, York and Peterborough.
  • The M1 is the main route from the north heading south from Leeds and connects with the M6 from Glasgow.
  • The M11 heads south from Cambridge.
  • The M4 heads east from Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and Bristol.
  • The M3 heads northeast from Southampton.
  • The M2 and M20 head north-west from Folkestone.

M25 motorway by Mattbuck

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