Being a relatively small island, the best value way to explore the United Kingdom is by car. Renting a car in the UK with Hertz is convenient, easy and a great way to start your holiday.
From the white cliffs of Dover, the beauty of Anglesey, the isolation of the Scottish Highlands and the myriad of country roads and stately homes in between, the UK offers a lot in terms of natural beauty and history.
Hertz Car Rental has more than 300 car rental branches around the UK. If you suddenly decide you need a car to make your trip that little bit extra special, then our team will be on hand to help you find the right car for your adventure.
In the UK you drive on the left and overtake on the right. There are strict speed limits on motorways, dual carriageways, country roads and residential areas. These do vary in some places so you need to watch for speed signs. To hire a car, you will need a full license issued in your country and be over the age of 23.
If you wish to drive into London, you must pay the congestion charge Monday – Friday between 0700 and 1800 (excluding public holidays). You know if you have entered the congestion zone when you see a sign with the letter C in white on a red background. Purchase it on the day or before your date of travel and the charge is £10 for most vehicles. Due to the Low Emission Zone if you hire a car with high emissions you may be subject to higher charges, Hertz can advise you on this.
Here are some key regulations to remember:
• Speed limits: 70mph on a motorway and dual carriageway, country roads away from built up areas 60mph, and build up areas 30mph. There are many 40mph and 50mph zones so keep an eye out for the signs.
• Seat belts must be worn in the front and rear of all vehicles. Children must be correctly restrained. Children between 3 years and 11 years must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling the front, and in the rear where adult seatbelts are fitted.
• The maximum level of alcohol that can be in your blood is 0.08%. This is lower in Scotland where the limit is 0.05%. Drink driving carries a heavy penalty of up to £5,000 and/or 6 months in prison.
• It’s an offense to use a handheld device when driving
• Use of your horn is prohibited between 2330 and 0700 hours.
• If you see a yellow box with criss-cross yellow lines at a junction, you must not enter this box unless the exit road or lane is clear.
Home to British Formula 1, Silverstone is a fantastic day out for any car enthusiast. Other events include Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. At the Festival of Speed watch as cars battle it out for the fastest lap up the hill, take in some of the amazing classic cars in the paddock and see F1 cars in action. Revival sees a more classic element, with people dressing up and getting into the vintage vibe.
There are plenty of places in the UK to enjoy a scenic drive. Follow in the (surprisingly small!) footsteps of Jane Austen and tour the stately homes of Derbyshire. Drive through the rolling hills and valleys of the Peak District, England's oldest National Park that separates the two industrial cities of Manchester and Sheffield. Head north to Scotland where you will see snow topped mountains and not another person for miles. Twist, dip and climb though Wales’ beautiful Brecon Beaches, or head down to the wonderful beaches of Cornwall and Devon.
• Minimum car rental age: the minimum age is 23 with the addition of a young driver surcharge of £33.60 per day (including tax) with a maximum charge of £366 per rental (including tax). Some collections such as Fun, Cargo vans, Family and Prestige collections have a minimum age restriction of 25 and our Dream collection is only available to drivers aged 30 years and over.
• Average speed limits: Motorways and dual carriage ways are 70mph, Country roads in non built up areas are 60mph and built up areas are 30mph. However, there are indicator boards at the side of the road. A white circle with a diagonal black line indicates the 'national' speed limit, which on single lane carriageways is 60mph and on dual carriageways with central reservations and barriers is 70mph.
• Toll Roads and costs: Watch out for tolls on bridges and certain sections of motorway. The main additional charge you may have to pay is the congestion charge when traveling into central London.
• Required documents
We recommend non-EU customers get an International Driving Permit. You must have a national driver’s licence that has been held for 1 year.
Depending on what standard of vehicle you are hiring you may require two valid credit cards and your passport.