You may want to consider a 4x4 if you are planning to drive in mountainous areas of Wales; however, a smaller car may suffice if you are mainly going to be navigating the narrow country roads of Pembrokeshire, as you may come across many single-track roads. As it’s a very rural area, you will encounter many animals and wildlife, so be aware of sudden appearances on small tracks of cows or sheep, and even horses, as many farm animals are not in fenced enclosures and wander freely.
Seatbelts are a mandatory requirement for all passengers in vehicles throughout Wales, and fines can reach around £450 if any passenger is seen unbelted. It is also illegal to use your mobile phone for any reason whilst driving, and fines will be imposed if caught, which can be up to around £200 and include six points on your driving licence.
Although Wales is considered a separate country to England, as Scotland is, they still fall under United Kingdom regulations in most respects. Therefore, if you hire a car in Wales, it is possible to cross over into England and back again with your hire vehicle without any further restrictions. Many car companies also offer one-way drives, meaning you can drop off in another location.
Bear in mind that the rural area of Pembrokeshire tends to have closing times for the petrol stations around 20:00; however, you may find some larger outlets such as Tesco’s supermarkets open until midnight. If you need to refuel before returning your vehicle, this issue may be worth considering, unless you are connecting back to a location via a motorway on which you will find 24-hour outlets.
Mini rental cars in Pembrokeshire are around 41% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Pembrokeshire
Hiring a car in Pembrokeshire is a great way to explore the Welsh countryside and regional coastline, as you are free to explore at your own pace, avoiding the need for public transport, which may be patchy or limited in some rural areas. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park area makes for spectacular scenery, and you can take in 190 miles of coastal paths. Haverfordwest is the county’s major town, and you can find the other towns of Milford Haven and Tenby along the coast, the latter being famous for its land speed races along the flat stretches of beach. You can visit the neighbouring regions of Carmarthenshire or visit the cities of Swansea or Cardiff if you hire a vehicle, which may also be useful for airport connections.
Driving in Pembrokeshire and throughout Wales is undertaken on the left-hand side of the road, which is the same as throughout the United Kingdom. All roads are toll free in Wales, including bridges like the large bridge over River Severn, which is useful if you are connecting from England. Wales has limited motorways (with just 83 miles of motorway road), all of which are in the south; the second major road is the dual carriageway A470, which connects Cardiff to the South Wales Valley region. Be prepared for quiet, country roads in the rural West Wales area of Pembrokeshire; they are less congested due to a sparse population, making for a pleasant and relaxing driving experience. It is not uncommon to see flocks of sheep on the roads or herds of deer in the woodland areas, which should move on as they see you approaching, so be sure to exercise caution and limit your speed.
You need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in the United Kingdom; although, some companies may stipulate a higher age, depending on the vehicle you wish to hire. There may also be a surcharge for drivers under 25. You must have a full and valid photographic driving licence issued in your country of residence. In the United Kingdom, the paper counterpart is no longer required.
Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Pembrokeshire.