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Spectacular road trips Quick facts on the UK’s South Coast
If you want a holiday packed with picture postcard loveliness, look no further. Our latest road trip takes us to the South Coast of the UK, Cornwall to be precise.
If you take a night flight, you can sleep all the way to London, hit the road and head for the Old Country down South. The rewards are worth the journey. Stunning beaches, good surf, narrow winding streets, fishermen’s cottages, cream teas and locally brewed beer make it all worth while!
From the highlands of Malaysia to the beaches of Australia, the intrepid travel team at Budget Direct Insurance has been celebrating the magnificence of the road trip in a series of posts. Here is the first in our all-in-one trip planner to the UK’s South Coast.
Like Singaporeans, Brits drive on the left (hooray!) so a road trip here should be relatively straightforward.
Try to travel outside UK school holidays, which means avoiding the last week of July to the first week of September otherwise the roads and accommodation can be very busy. And when we say busy, think Chinese New Year busy!
The weather in the UK is notoriously unpredictable, although you can experience good weather well into October. A lot of it will depend upon the weather system that is sweeping in from the ocean.
Cornwall has some of the best weather in the UK. Average summer temperatures (July and August) are around 19 °C in coastal Cornwall to 21.5 °C in inland areas. It can even get a lot warmer than this.
One thing that is guaranteed is hazy, lazy, long summer nights, with plenty of daylight hours till way after nine o’clock in the evening.
Do pack for all weathers and bring a raincoat.
Fly and drive
If you are planning to fly and drive in the Southwest of England, it’s worth flying into one of the UK’s regional airports, like Bristol, Exeter and Bournemouth. You can often transit through European cities like Amsterdam, Helsinki, Frankfurt or Geneva. This way, you avoid the busy London airports and congested roads around the outer London area.
Due to our colonial history, Singapore’s driving rules are based upon the British system, so most road signs and markings in the UK should be familiar.
Distances are all measured in miles, and you usually have to pump your own fuel at petrol or gas stations!
The National Speed Limit for cars and motorcycles is 60 mph (97 km/h) on single-carriageway roads and 70 mph (112 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways.
Built-up areas have a standard 30 mph (8 km/h) limit in force, though in some areas (near schools, housing estates), it drops to 20mph.
Only pass other vehicles on the right. Passing on the left can be dangerous and you could be prosecuted for dangerous driving. You should always drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear.
Courtesy on the roads
Drivers in Britain tend to thank other drivers for letting them pass or move into a lane. Drivers may raise their hands to say thanks or flash their lights to indicate they are letting you through. Confusingly, flashing lights can also be a rebuke. The situation should help you judge which is which.
The Highway Code says, “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. If another driver flashes his headlights, never assume that it is a signal to go. Use your own judgment and proceed carefully.”
Discover the delights of picture perfect Cornwall in our next blog!
Do make sure you are covered before you set off. Good Travel and Car insurance is a must on any trip home or away.
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