1. What are the speed limits in Telford and the country surroundings?
Speed limits are mandatory and vary depending on the type of road you are on. In general, the limit in urban areas like Telford is 30mph (48 km/h) and in single carriageway roads, it is 60mph (97 km/h). Dual carriageways and motorways often permit speeds of up to 70mph (112 km/h).
2. What type of driving licence do I need to drive in Telford?
You must have a valid driving licence that is suitable for the type of vehicle you are driving. International visitors can usually drive on their foreign licence for up to 12 months.
3. Are there many speed cameras in Telford?
Telford, like much of the UK, uses speed cameras as a tool to enforce speed limits and promote road safety. Fixed, mobile and average speed cameras are all used and fines can be issued if you are caught speeding.
4. Can I expect to encounter any toll roads in the region?
While there are some toll roads in the UK, most major roads, including those around Telford, are toll-free. It's always a good idea to check your route in advance if you want to avoid tolls.
5. Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of while driving in Telford?
Drivers in the UK must drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. Roundabouts are common and drivers already on the roundabout have right of way.
6. How heavy is the traffic in Telford?
Traffic can be heavy during peak times in Telford, particularly around rush hour. However, outside of these times, you should find the roads relatively clear.
7. Which side of the road do cars drive on in Telford?
Like in the rest of the UK, cars in Telford are driven on the left side of the road.
8. Can the Police stop me under random circumstances?
Yes, a policeman in uniform has the right to stop a car for any reason. However, they usually only do so where there is some cause for concern.
9. Should I always stop when encountering a zebra crossing?
Yes, pedestrians have right of way on zebra crossings and drivers must always stop to let them cross.
10. Is it mandatory to have car insurance in the UK?
Yes, all drivers in the UK must have car insurance by law. Your car hire company should provide this.
11. Who has the right of way when multiple vehicles approach a mini roundabout?
The rule is the same as for regular roundabouts - the vehicle already on the roundabout has the right of way.
12. Can I turn left at a red traffic signal?
No, unlike some other countries, turning left on a red is generally not permitted in the UK.
13. When am I allowed to use my car’s horn?
You may use your horn to alert other road users to your presence, but it should not be used in built-up areas between the hours of 11.30pm and 7am.
14. What should I do if I’m involved in a road accident without injuries?
If you're involved in a minor accident and no one is injured, you should exchange details with the other driver and contact your car hire company as soon as you can.
15. Is it mandatory for cyclists and motorcyclists to wear helmets?
In the UK, cyclists are not legally required to wear helmets, but it is advisable. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, must wear a helmet by law.