A Quick Guide To Driving Across the Globe

Although it would be easier to follow the same rules for driving regardless of your location in the world, it is important to remember that most countries have their own guidelines in place. After all, the great debate doesn’t only cover who drives on the left and who drives on the right. Here at V12 Sports and Classics we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that drivers understand how the rules differ depending on your residence which is why we have put together this blog…


In the UK, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and the driver can be found on the right-hand side of the vehicle. This means that drivers who are used to the opposite set up will have to reprogram their brain in order to shift gears using the left hand rather than the right. In addition to this, speed limit signs are given in miles per hour (mph) and must not be exceeded.


America is a very big place which means that their laws are separated into two different types; federal and state. The former applies to the entire country where as the latter depends on which state you are in. In the USA, drivers must drive on the right side of the road and the steering wheel is found on the left-hand side of the vehicle. Speed limits will be found in miles per hour (mph), however they can differ considerably depending on the state you are in.


Driving in Australia is said to be quite similar to driving in the UK because both locations use the left side of the road and tend to have the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the vehicle. With this said, all the speed limits are given in kilometres per hour (km/h) and you cannot park facing traffic or else you will receive a fine. Interestingly, the majority of the vehicles found in Australia are automatic, so this can make it easier for drivers from America to adjust to the changes.

Whilst our range of pre owned vehicles are perfect for making your way around the UK, it doesn’t mean that you won’t ever rent a vehicle abroad at some point in your life. Being educated on how the rules change according to your location is something that every driver should know. For more information, get in contact with a member of the V12 Sports and Classics team today!