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One of the advantages of hiring a car on Isle of Wight is that you can choose where and when you want to go, which gives you much more flexibility on your holiday. So, rather than waiting for other modes of transport like buses or trains, you can take advantage of the great road connections on the island and drive directly to some of the top sights, such as Monkey Haven in Newport or Dinosaur Isle in Sandown.
Driving in Isle of Wight is very similar to that of driving on the mainland of the United Kingdom, with speed limits being comparable. Keep in mind that speed limits will change when you are driving on Isle of Wight, depending on the type of area you are driving through. For example, urban roads generally have a speed limit of 30 mph, with more suburban roads often being 40 mph. Residential areas on Isle of Wight have a slower speed limit to ensure safety, which is usually 20 mph. The highest speed limit (of 70 mph) is only on the short stretch of dual carriageway near Newport.
When you hire a car on Isle of Wight, you will need to ensure that you adhere to the minimum age policy of the car hire company in order to be able to hire a vehicle. For example, some companies do not allow anyone under the age of 25 years of age to hire a car in Isle of Wight. Whereas, other companies require drivers to be at least 23 years of age. You’ll also be required to have a full driving license in order to be able to hire a vehicle on the island.
Compact (Hyundai i20 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Isle of Wight.
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