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Driving in Eastbourne

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Eastbourne.
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1. Understanding the Driving Rules

Driving in Eastbourne, like the rest of the UK, is on the left-hand side of the road. This can be a significant adjustment for those from countries where driving is on the right. Familiarize yourself with the UK’s Highway Code, which outlines all the rules and regulations for driving in the country.

2. Car Recommendation

Eastbourne is a relatively small town, so a compact car would be suitable for navigating the narrow streets and finding parking. However, if you plan on exploring the surrounding countryside, a car with a bit more power might be beneficial.

3. Parking in Eastbourne

Finding parking in Eastbourne can be challenging, especially during the summer months when the town attracts a lot of tourists. However, there are several car parks in the town centre. Parking fees vary, but generally, it’s not overly expensive.

4. Driving with an International License

Foreigners can drive in the UK with an international driving permit (IDP) for up to 12 months from the time they become a resident. After this period, they will need to exchange their foreign license for a UK one.

5. Getting a UK Driver’s License

To get a UK driver’s license, you will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The process involves a theory test and a practical driving test. If your driving license is from a country that has a driving license exchange agreement with the UK, you can simply exchange your license for a UK one without taking a test.

6. Be Prepared for Roundabouts

Roundabouts are common in the UK, and Eastbourne is no exception. They can be confusing for those not used to them, so it’s important to understand the rules. Vehicles already on the roundabout have the right of way, and you should always signal your intentions.

7. Be Aware of Speed Limits

Speed limits in the UK are strictly enforced, and there are many speed cameras in operation. The standard speed limit is 30 mph in built-up areas, 60 mph on single carriageways, and 70 mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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