DRIVING TIPS IN
Motorway: 120 km / h
Open Road: 90 - 100 km / H
Town: 50 km / h
Alcohol limit: 0.5 mg / ml
Children in cars: Child restraint is mandatory for all children aged to 12 and that are shorter than 1.5m. They can only travel in front with proper restraint and the airbag switched off. Cars with no seat belts in the back seats can't carry children under 3 years old.
Documentation: always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance. Ensure you carry your passport to validate the licence. The MOT certificate is mandatory, if applicable. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
Drinking and driving: Don't do it. Over 0.05 per cent and you could face anything from a severe fine, withdrawal of your licence, up to imprisonment
Fines: They have to be paid on the spot. Most Police vehicles have a portable credit/debit card machine. Failure to pay on the spot will result in documents apprehension and, eventually, the vehicle. In case of documents apprehension, the Police Officer will issue an official document stating that your documents are apprehended and allowing you to drive for a few days. In this case, make sure you understand the address where you will pick up your documents and that you are given two documents: the apprehensiondocument and the traffic citation.
First-aid kit is advised, but not compulsory.
Headlamp converters are compulsory.
Lights: dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility
Minimum age for driving, provided you hold a full UK licence, is 18 for a car and for a motorcycle over 75cc. If you've got an old-style all-green licence you might find the police will not understand them, so either get them up-dated or take an International Driving Permit as well.