As many of our clients have never driven in this country before, the team at Lowland Motorhome Hire have created this helpful hints and tips to Driving In Scotland
- In the UK we drive on the left. Always turn left onto a roundabout
- Always give way to traffic approaching from the right.
- Always keep an eye on your fuel gauge (Diesel). Service (fuel) stations becomemore remote in rural areas. LMH Rule of thumb is ‘ALWAYS FILL UP WHEN YOU REACH HALF A TANK – NEVER RUN LOW ON FUEL’.
- Seatbelts must be worn at all times whilst driving – by everyone! People cannot sleep in the beds whilst the vehicle is in motion – they must be strapped in at the seat belt points.
- If children are travelling, ensure proper child seats are used in accordance with the UK law (UK law dictates that a child must use a child car seat until they’re 12-years-old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. Children over the age of 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt – as at 1/8/18).
- Overtake on the right unless there is a solid white line – this means no overtaking.
- It is illegal to use a handheld device whilst driving especially a mobile phone.
- The laws on drink driving are extremely strict . Scotland has a zero tolerance alcohol whilst driving. We advise you DO NOT consume any alcohol if driving. Always watch the next morning if you have been drinking the night before!!
- Some roads in rural Scotland are single track, meaning they are small and tight and only one vehicle will have room to drive through. One vehicle will have to pull over to let the other pass. Make use of passing places. You do not want to have to reverse a significant distance. Give way, you are on your holidays – do not rush. Always leave yourself time to travel as roads are often small and congested in rural areas.
- Please always leave yourself plenty of time to travel when returning the motorhome. The main route returning to our location A720/Edinburgh City Bypass is one of THEE busiest roads in Scotland. Avoid during peak times (rush hour) if possible. Allows allow time for delays and diversions.
- We recommend customers spend their last night close to our location to ensure you arrive back in plenty of time. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A CHARGE FOR A LATE RETURN – £150, plus a further extra charge if no return before 4pm.
- Motorhomes cannot be taken out of the UK without prior notice and agreement with LMH Ltd. If you do, this will invalidate your driving insurance and may result in police intervention.
- Do not park on double yellow lines and always observe the ‘No Parking’ or ‘No Overnight Parking’ signs.
- Please note, people in other motorhomes will wave at you…it is motorhome etiquette.
For more information about Driving In Scotland, please contact Lowland Motorhome Hire today