Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Car Hire - Driving in UK

For many people traveling to UK means one major problem- not being used to driving on the left hand side of the road. Although most large cities in the UK have extensive public transport, and in city centers, parking is usually difficult and expensive, particularly in London, however, if you are travelling to countryside or remote areas, hiring car is essential. Driving in the UK can be quite a task especially for someone who is used to driving on the right side of the road, but this problem can be dealt with. The rules aren’t too different and once you practice a little, it comes quite easily you’ll see.

So once you have dropped you inhibitions about driving on the left side of the road, you can venture out and have the most memorable road trip. Finding the right car hire in the UK is crucial. These is a vast variety to choose from, and each car rental offers different discounts and deals that you must keep a lookout for. There are two main types of car rental companies to look out for-national and local. The choice solely depends on how long you wish to rent the car. One of the reasons why most people choose the well known car companies is because a well known company has a much wider network of car hire drop offs and so one is free to drop off the car at the destination of their choice.

While choosing the car, don’t get confused because there’ll be a lot of cheap cars available and a lot of flashy cars available too. However more than the cost factor and the look factor, it is the purpose of the car that should be taken into account while choosing the car. Whether you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or whether you’re traveling with family, it all needs to be take care of while choosing the car. A car which you’re not comfortable with will only prove to be useless because comfort level with the car is a necessity. The rentals may be on a day to day basis or weekly basis or even monthly basis. Which mode you choose is up to you, however do keep the special offers and deals that car rental companies have in mind.

As you driving in UK is quite a task, it is extremely important for you to know all the rules before you brave the road. Many parking areas have specific timings and on most roads, parking is restricted between 8am-6:30pm weekdays and 8am-1:30pm Saturdays. Parking fees and fines are a common phenomenon here and please ensure that you don’t get stuck in a situation with parking fine. You often find that traffic wardens show up from nowhere as soon as you have left your car on the road. If you are not careful, you may find a yellow fine notice on your car, or your car wheel-clamped, or even worse that your car towed away. And it is very expensive to get your car released, so before you brave the roads make sure you know the roads and the rules well enough. Once you’re prepared set sail and enjoy the road trip!