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Car Hire In Glasgow, Scotland
Car Hire Tips by Doug Smith

A Scotland car hire can be a nerve-wracking experience, or it can be a way for you to tour beautiful Scottish highlands, cities, and villages in style and comfort.

First, you must understand that, unlike America, Scotland and all of Europe developed their road system centuries before the car was ever invented.

Second, understand that you will encounter good and bad drivers anywhere in the world. This is true even if you hire a car in Glasgow or are leaving your own driveway. Enjoy these tips about car hires in Scotland.

So you want to do a car hire Glasgow style? You're headed for the land where Scotch Whiskey was born!

Being of Scots-Irish lineage, I don't know as much about one of my ancestral lands as I should. Oh, I mean beyond the whole Braveheart phenomenon. Somehow I think that this applies to most of us.

Yet you are thinking of driving in Scotland, and that's a fun proposition. There are characteristically narrow roads in the highlands that plague most of Europe, but that's half the fun, right?

Europeans weren't blessed with a slow encroachment of a mass of land just after the birth of the Industrial Revolution. Therefore there was no city planning. By the time trains carried the world on their tracks, Europe was already filled with ancient villas and cities. Americans are so lucky.

Another aspect to driving in Scotland is sanity. I have lived or been in every quarter of the world and seen how people everywhere drive. People in India, the Philippine Islands, Italy, and the Commonwealth State of Virginia, all as an example, definitely do not know the first thing about sane or safe driving.

In most places in the world, courtesy like using turn signals is a sign of weakness.

The only people that can definitely drive safely and well are the Dutch. Those people give driving a great name. Next on the list would probably be the Scots.

They are not as concerned about cyclists and pedestrians as are the Dutch, but it's certainly close. Your car hire from Scotland is certainly an exercise in intelligence.

With a car hire in Scotland there are many options and few pitfalls. British sensibility sweeps through most areas in Scottish life and driving and car hire in Scotland are no exceptions.

You can easily find many different models, from all around the world, including many fuel-efficient cars that have yet to be seen much in the United States.

Another great option is the diesel driven engine. These are very common in Scotland (and Europe as a whole, with 36% of all new car registrations being diesel according to the Bosch Archives).

A note on diesel for a moment, especially if you plan to inquire further into car hire Scotland. Diesel engines were to be good for the environment. Eventually the original hemp-based fuel designed for the engine was abandoned for synthetic diesel fuel. This fuel is usually 20 cents cheaper per liter (you'll save a lot of money with diesel fuel).

So consider diesel, or go with what feels right. The Scots are a friendly people, but they tend to speak quickly. Get online and reserve a car hire Scotland, for a great time touring a wonderful country.


This article is © 2006 by Doug Smith, who has many more free tips about how to reserve a car hire abroad at http://www.findcarsforhire.com . You may reprint this article in its entirety as long as this copyright information is included and all hyperlinks remain active and clickable.
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Car Hire Abroad Terms:
  • Campground - usually a dedicated area set aside for camping and which typically charges a fee for use.
  • Rental cars - cars leased to people who don't have access to their own cars, such as when traveling. Rental cars can often be found in Rental Car Centers typically found near airports.
  • Motorway - in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and some Commonwealth nations - both a type of road and a classification. Motorways are highways designed to carry a large volume of traffic where a normal road would not suffice or would be unsafe, usually between cities. In the UK they are predominantly dual-carriageway roads, usually with three lanes in each direction, although four-lane and two-lane carriageways are also common, and all have grade-separated access.
  • Auto insurance (or car insurance, motor insurance) - insurance consumers can purchase for cars, trucks, and other vehicles to provide protection against losses incurred as a result of car accidents.
  • Traffic circle - a road intersection with a circular shape and, usually, a central island. In some traffic circles two-way traffic is allowed within the circle. It is much more common, however, that traffic is allowed to go in one direction only around a central island.

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