Have a great adventure in North Wales and enjoy driving around the northern part of this country at your own speed. The roads in Wales are good, so most two-wheeled cars will be fine. However, there are also a lot of opportunities for you to drive off-road and on mountainous terrain, such as Snowdonia, so a 4X4 could be a good choice for you so that you can enjoy the rugged countryside. In the urban areas such as Wrexham you might find a smaller car, such as a compact car, is helpful for when it comes to navigating the streets and parking.
It’s important that you follow the rules of the road when you are driving in North Wales, so that you avoid getting into trouble with the authorities. It’s also important that every member in the car wears a seat belt. It’s also the responsibility of the adult to ensure that children under the age of 12, or smaller than 135 cm, are in a suitably sized child seat. If you are asked to perform a breath test, the results must be lower than 0.8 mg of alcohol per ml of blood, otherwise you may be prosecuted. You are only allowed to use your mobile phone in the car if you have a suitable hands-free kit.
You can reduce the impact your car hire has on the environment by choosing a car that is more eco-friendly. For example, you could opt for a hybrid car, which runs on a mix of electricity and petrol, or a fully electric car, both of which would reduce the amount of emissions that are associated with standard cars. There are lots of areas in North Wales, especially in the built up regions, where you can charge your electric car, so you'll always be fully fuelled. In addition, you will find petrol stations across all of the country, especially in the busier towns.
Book your rental car in North-Wales at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car in North-Wales
Driving in North Wales is the same as you will be used to from driving in the rest of the United Kingdom, with left side of the road driving and the steering wheel on the right side of the car. Speed limits are the same as the rest of the country too, so you are allowed to go as fast as 30mph in urban areas, 60mph in rural areas, and 70mph on motorways. If you are in a built-up residential area look out for signs that will indicate for you to not go any faster than 20mph.
You should hire a car in Northern Wales as it enables you to explore this magnificent part of Britain at your will, without having to rely on the schedule of other modes of transport such as buses or trains. For example, if you are in Wrexham and you want to visit the mountains in Snowdonia National Park, then you would be able to do so in about 1h 10min by car. It would take much longer to do this journey if you were relying on a train or bus service. In addition, a taxi service there and back would not be a cost-efficient way to travel.
You need to ensure that you are of a suitable age to hire a car in North Wales before you do so, so it’s advised that you check each individual company’s age restrictions before you arrive, to ensure you meet the requirements. In general, you need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in North Wales, with many companies also charging drivers that are younger than a certain age, such as 25, a surcharge to hire a car too. Drivers who are not 25 may also find the selection of cars they can choose from is limited, as car hire companies restrict the usage of more powerful vehicles for younger drivers.
Mini (Kia Picanto or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in North-Wales.