Abetta drivers are used to the frustrations of making their way around our capital city’s streets but for those who are not so familiar negotiating London’s road network we have compiled the following useful pointers:
- Always plan your route thoroughly. Don’t rely entirely on your satnav – check if there are any planned roadworks or closures and always carry a detailed street map to help with unexpected detours.
- Familiarise yourself with the rules around bus lanes and other dedicated routes. The times of operation are clearly signposted and if you use the lanes during these times you run the risk of picking up a Penalty Charge Notice.
- Pay close attention to cyclists and pedestrians. In busy city centres other road users seem to appear out of nowhere and you really need to have your wits about you.
- In urban areas the speed limit is 30mph. You’ll be lucky to reach this in central London but just be aware that in some residential streets the limit may be as low as 20mph.
- If it’s a long time since you read the Highway Code remember that you must not sound your horn in built up areas between 23.30 and 07.00 unless it’s a genuine emergency.
- One of the most frustrating things about driving in London can be finding somewhere to park. Be very careful where you leave your vehicle; many areas are controlled by parking permit schemes and if you flout the laws you run the risk of being clamped or towed.
- Enjoy and keep calm! It may be busy, congested and frustrating but it’s also the greatest city on earth and there’s always something beautiful, fascinating or just downright bizarre to break the monotony of your journey!