Driving a vehicle can be a challenge if you’re moving to London England from the USA. You need to do some planning and make sure you’re legally able to take to the roads before you leave for London. Driving a vehicle in London is best avoided if you can. London is a terribly congested city and the road network in central London is crowded and difficult to negotiate. First, you’ll have to get used to driving on the other side of the road, which can be quite tricky if you’re not used to it.
Moving to London England Driving Guide
Most cars in Europe are manual, which means that they have gears and a clutch. This is called a ‘stick-shift’ in the States, and if you have not driven one before then your first time should not be on Oxford Street in the middle of London. If you simply have to have a car in London, then you should be aware of the following rules and regulations regarding the use of a private vehicle or hire car in this city.
- There is a charge for driving in London. All drivers are required to pay a congestion charge if they are driving in the city between 7am and 6pm. It does not matter if you are in a rented vehicle or your own. The charge for driving in London is a daily rate of £10, which should be paid before midnight on the day before you intend on driving in London.
- The congestion charge can be paid in cash or with a credit card at any petrol station (gas station) and shops that display a red ‘C’ notice. You can also pay online or through your mobile phone using the text message service.
- Hiring an electric car or an environmentally friendly car means that you will not have to pay the congestion charge, so if you’re hiring a car to get around London then be sure to confirm this when you make your booking.
- Parking charges in London are also quite expensive and is extremely limited, because most streets in central London have a blanket ban on all parking during the day.
Moving to London England and Public Transport
It is far quicker and more convenient to use the excellent public transport that is available in the city of London. Once you have figured out where you need to go after moving to London England, you will be able to find a tube, bus or train that will be able to get you very close to your destination.