Driving in the UK
To be able to drive in the UK you must have a suitable driving licence, and also
the Law requires you to have at least a minimum of a third party liability
insurance. Your Stansted airport car hire company will insure you for this
purpose. Normally they will provide fully comprehensive insurance with an
excess liability in the case of an accident. This excess can be wavered with an
additional premium this is called LDW or Loss Damage Waiver. Normally you must be
at least 21 years of age (a surcharge may be needed for young drivers).
will need to present a Driving license issued in your own name and your country
You will also require a current credit card and in some instances
a second form of identification for the hire of luxury vehicles. A deposit is
secured on the credit card sometimes for fuel and damage insurance. Vehicles
are normally supplied with a full tank of fuel and they are required to be
returned the same.
Some important notes
- Please remember to
check the condition of your car hire vehicle upon pickup and identify any
dents or scratches that are visible and not noted on the car hire
documents. Please point these out to a member of staff and amend the said
- Get a member of
staff to check the vehicle when returning to make sure no addition damage
has taken place. Remember that in the UK
we drive on the left hand side of the road unlike the rest of Europe.
- Make sure you have
details of the emergency services and the Car hire depot details in case
of an emergency.
- In case of
additional drivers remember to inform the Car hire company upon receipt of
the vehicle additional premiums are normally required.
- If dropping off
outside normal hours you may be required to pay an additional premium.
- Please note you
are not normally allowed to drive the hire vehicle in to another country
without the prior authorisation of the Hire Company.
- Take note of any
speed limits when driving your hire car they are as follows:
- Motorway speed
limits unless otherwise stated are 70 MPH or 112 KPH
- Most major A roads
speed limits are stated normally between 40 to 60 MPH
- Urban areas in and
around towns normally 30 MPH
- In you need to
call the emergency services in the event of an accident Police and Ambulance
services you can dial 999. Do not move vehicle until the emergency
- When booking your
Stansted hire car please give them your inbound flight details in case of
- Please leave
plenty of time for your return journey as major delays may be possible
especially around the M25 and M!! Junctions.