The United Kingdom is a group of islands off the west coast of Europe, which comprise the countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. London is the overall capital and biggest city, although each separate country has its own capital: Cardiff for Wales, Edinburgh for Scotland and Belfast for Northern Ireland. Organising a hire car in the United Kingdom is the best way to enjoy these different countries. As well as the lure of the capitals, the UK's highlights include England's royal palaces and lively cities, the Welsh castles, Northern Ireland's Giants Causeway and Scotland's mountainous landscapes.
Generally, the UK landscape becomes more gentle and cultivated towards the more populated south, and more wild and mountainous towards the north. So if you have a hire car, you might tour England's pretty villages and grand historic cities before heading north to the snow-capped mountains and wild seascapes of Scotland. Some of the UK's highlights include smaller lesser-known cities like Bath, York and Brighton, which are brimming with culture, sights and entertainment. And don't forget natural wonders too. England's Scilly Isles and Lake District, Snowdonia in Wales and the Scottish islands are all breath-taking attractions.
In the UK, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. In lane driving, you overtake on the right and must not sit in the middle lane if the lane to the left is clear. The national speed limit is 70mph for cars on dual carriageways or motorways, and 60mph on single carriageway roads. Built-up areas normally have a 30mph limit but look for signs, as 20mph limits are increasingly common. Speed limits can be enforced by police officers but are usually handled by automatic speed cameras. Other rules include: you must wear a seat belt, using a mobile phone is illegal while driving, and there are strict drink-driving laws. The alcohol limit is even lower in Scotland. The safest rule is to not drive after drinking any alcohol at all.