About England (EN)
Occupying the southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain, England (EN) is the largest and most populous of the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom. From the mega-metropolis of London to the emerald forests of Northumberland, England’s top destinations reflect its rich history and refined culture of sophisticated modern living with a definitively provincial edge. Meanwhile, its strategic location offers ample access to the neighboring “home nations” of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Likewise, France and the gateway to the rest of Europe are just a quick trip across the English Channel.
English public transportation is adequate in major cities, but generally speaking, getting around the country is light years more efficient and pleasurable in a car. With an exhaustive network of well-maintained roads, traveling either within cities or between them can slice travel times exponentially. Rural roads in the countryside may be predictably narrow and rough, but aside from driving on the left and getting used to roundabouts (traffic circles), most visitors won’t have much trouble navigating their way around England and the rest of the United Kingdom. In fact, most English destinations are within an 8-hour drive of each other (London to Edinburgh can be done in a single day). Meanwhile, the famous British reserve and fondness for etiquette is generally extended to the road, where drivers are far more likely to be courteous and cautious than rude and reckless.
Choosing your car
England car rentals are furnished by the most trusted brand names in the car hire business. Choose your car from Budget, Europcar, Sixt, Dollar, Thrifty, and Alamo. We’re here to help you get a great deal on minicars and compact sedans, economy, intermediate and fullsize 4-door sedans, estate wagons, premium and luxury SUVs, 7-12 seater minivans, and specialty convertibles.
Tips and advice
Tourist attractions are signposted by brown signs with white lettering.
M roads are motorways (expressways) with a minimum of two lanes in both directions, and marked by blue and white signs. A roads are main highways, generally dual carriageway, and marked by green signs with white or yellow lettering. B roads are generally shorter routes that feed A roads. C and D roads are rural routes that may be one-lane.
Stop signs are not very common in England. Instead, you’ll see triangular Give Way signs that function similar to Yield signs in North America. When driving on roundabouts, you must give way to traffic on the right.
English roundabouts are governed by the “give way to the right” rule unless controlled by traffic lights, in which case, traffic with the green light has right-of-way.
Single track (one lane) roads found primarily in rural areas have a couple of specific driving rules, one of which requires passing in designated zones called passing places. Meanwhile, you must give way to vehicles coming uphill. Generally speaking, single track roads are best navigated by experienced drivers.
Many car rentals in England have diesel engines, so it’s very important that you pay close attention at fuel stations. Petrol (unleaded) pumps have green handles; diesel handles are black.