Edinburgh Driving Guide

Edinburgh is a stunning city and a great way to get around is by car, infact if you want to visit some points of interest outside the city centre - a car is a must have.

At Edinburgh Car Hire we've put together a few tips to follow whilst driving around Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland. This guide should help to keep you out of any trouble and blend in with Edinburgh's local drivers.

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Edinburgh Driving Tips

Keep on the left
In the city of Edinburgh, just like the UK as a whole, motorists have to drive on the left hand side of the road. To make this a little bit easier, the steering wheel in UK vehicles is located on the right hand side. This won't be an issue to Edinburgh visitors who live in the UK but for US and European visitors this can prove a difficult task. For your safety, it is vital that you exercise caution at junctions and especially at roundabouts (traffic circles) until you become accustomed to driving on the left hand side of the road.

Watch your speed
If you want to keep your money in your wallet or don't want to accrue any penalty points on your driving licence it's advisable that you adhere to the local speed limits of the city of Edinburgh. A general speed limit within the city is 30mph (miles per hour). In certain areas the speed limit is increased or decreased for safety, these areas will be clearly marked by circular signs with a red border. Outside of cities, most roads (unless otherwise signposted) have a speed limit of 60mph or 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways. If you must break the speed limits, be aware that the police operate unmarked vehicles, speed guns and fixed speed cameras to catch motorists flouting the law.

Buckle up
Within the UK, it is illegal to operate a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt for safety reasons. If caught, you will receive a fine from the police.

Keep you eyes open for cyclists
Edinburgh has a keen cyclist population so be careful when turning corners, always check your mirrors. Most main roads in Edinburgh have designated cycle lanes which are usually red in colour and are signposted or have an image of a cyclist painted on the ground. Take extra care when driving at night as unfortunately some cyclists don't bother to use lights.

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