Winter Car Hire at Edinburgh Airport - Winter Conditions in Scotland
|By: John kumar | Apr 5 2012 | 511 words | 817 hits|
Hiring a car from Edinburgh Airport is a good choice for many people who would prefer to avoid the inevitable delays of public transportation in the winter weather this February.
Scotland’s busiest airport, Edinburgh Airport handles millions of passengers each year. From the airport, visitors can access many popular locations in and around Edinburgh by car. These include, for instance, Edinburgh Castle (which is perched atop an extinct volcanic crag), Princes Street Gardens, the Old Town to the south and Princes Street and the New Town to the north of Edinburgh. There is also a financial district, including insurance and banking buildings, together with the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
While car hire at Edinburgh Airport may provide freedom to drive and avoid such public delays, it is important for drivers of hire cars to take care on the roads.
Potential adverse conditions on the roads in Edinburgh can include sleet, snow, ice, hail and high winds. Such conditions can have a larger impact on roads in rural areas, compared with urban areas, such as Edinburgh city itself and other local towns, which will usually have clearer roads which may have been gritted to avoid ice forming.
Many tourists will choose to take their hire car around Edinburgh’s rural areas or may look to travel further to nearby locations such as Dunfermline, Bonnyrigg, Newtongrange, Penicuik, Livingston, Loanhead, Broxburn or Dalkeith., many of which are accessible with low-cost car hire Edinburgh Airport services. Such areas can often provide great scenic views and in winter weather there are various ways to be prepared in advance. Some tips for those hiring a car at Edinburgh Airport in winter weather are outlined below:-
• It is best to drive according to road conditions. With poor visibility, make sure you turn your car lights on to ensure you are seen by all other drivers on the roads.
• Drive within the speed limits on the roads and don’t brake too sharply.
• With snow on the hills around Edinburgh, the views can be stunning, but make sure you keep your eyes on the roads at all times.
• When there are high winds, large vehicles including lorries are potentially hazardous – it is best to drive your hire car at a safe distance from such vehicles.
• It is best to check weather forecasts from Scottish news or weather sources in advance of your journey, particularly for any potential road closures.
• Know where you are going in and around Edinburgh – satellite navigation in your hire car can help with this.
• Always wear your seatbelt in your hire car and ensure that your passengers do the same (this is required by law in Scotland)
• Given that stopping distances increase greatly in winter conditions it is best not to drive too close to other cars.
These are some of the best general tips to consider when driving your hire car from Edinburgh Airport in potentially wintery conditions, which should avoid any delays often experienced with using public transport in winter. For more information on safety considerations when driving cars in Scotland, the Highway Code should be consulted.
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