Tips for Border-Crossing Drives in the UK

Read up before going international

There’s nothing better than hitting the open road. Whether you drive for work or simply just to get away, long-haul trips are more elaborate than shorter ones. Luckily, the UK is small enough where driving country to country is possible so you can see more in less time. However, that’s not without its complications. Before setting off on your next getaway, make sure to review our border crossing fact list.

1. Of course, make sure you have all proper documentation for you and the vehicle.
2. The national speed limit for motorways in Ireland is 75 mph (120 km/h) whereas in the UK it’s 70 mph. Make sure you (safely) keep up!
3. France now require clean air stickers on all vehicles. The £3.20 cost is certainly worth the planning in advance compared to the £117 fine!
4. The drink-drive limit in Scotland is lower than the rest of the UK. In fact, the limit is nearly 40% less.
5. If you’re headed to Ireland, remember that the speed limit is posted in km/h and not mph. Your vehicle should display both for easy reference.

6. Most of Europe drive on the right side of the road. Make sure you take extra precautions when making turns.
7. If you’re headed to Gibraltar, keep your headlights dipped and only on at night. High-beams are not permitted.
8. If you’re visiting the UK from elsewhere, you’ll need to show your passport. The UK is not a part of the Schengen passport-free travel area like the rest of the EU.
9. You don’t need to show your passport when driving to and from the Republic of Ireland unless there is a border patrol initiative in place. In fact, there may not even be a sign telling you you’re entering another country.
10. Ireland is part of Europe and use the Euro for their currency. Make sure to have a few coins for parking, tolls, and extras.
11. To make your road trip a total breeze, book in your rental with Fourways Vehicle Solutions today!