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If your trip to Aberdeen is all sorted out but your itinerary is looking a bit empty, let us give you a helping hand.
You'll need to rise with the sun if you want to see all the interesting sights this place has to offer. Provost Skenes House and Aberdeen Maritime Museum are no-brainers. Aberdeen Art Gallery and Marischal Museum can't be missed either.
Not far from the city center, Union Square Shopping Centre is one sight you might like to consider putting on your to-do list. If you still have some room on your itinerary, Aberdeen Harbour and Seaton Park will keep you entertained too.
If you've visited all the major sights in Aberdeen, there's plenty more to explore down the road. Slide back behind the wheel and enjoy a new adventure in Alford. This great day-trip destination features some fascinating attractions, such as Craigievar Castle.
Beaches can be excellent places for kite flying. If it's a windy day, why not buckle the little ones into the car and take a trip to Balmedie Beach? It's 7 miles from Aberdeen and is a wonderful place for some family fun in the sun.
If you're here for primarily work-related reasons, you'll probably be going to Beach Ballroom Bathing Area. It's situated 1 mile away.
Here are our top tips on how to hop behind the wheel of a rental car with extra cash in your pocket:
Having your own wheels in Aberdeen will give you the freedom to squeeze in as many attractions as you can. Maybe you can't wait to leave the big city behind, hit the country roads, and go where the wind blows. If that's the case, grab one of our SUVs and explore the beautiful cliffs in the surrounding area. If you'd prefer to experience city life, something small will be a better fit. Zipping around bustling streets and heavy traffic will be a lot less stressful with a compact or mini car.
There's more than enough choice when it comes to rental cars in Aberdeen. From luxury models to agile compacts, you'll find it all here. Choosing your ride of course depends on your budget and what activities you've got planned. There are some road trips that are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas others don't need more than a bargain, no-frills type model. Which will it be this time?
From its expressways to its alleys, discovering Aberdeen is a cinch with your own rental car. But before you merge into the fast lane, here's what you should know about driving around this city:
Keep on the left-hand side of the road in Aberdeen. If you're planning to explore this destination on wheels, take note that the driver's seat will be on the right. It may take a little getting used to!
It's relatively easy to find a car space in Aberdeen, although it can be a challenge to nab a spot in the busier areas. Booking a hotel that has on-site parking is a wise idea.
As with most destinations, roads get busier in the morning and afternoon rush hours. However, due to its smaller population of roughly 196,700, traffic congestion isn't a big problem in Aberdeen.
The residential zones in Aberdeen have a 20 mi/h speed limit. Outside these areas, the speed limits typically range between 20 mi/h and 70 mi/h.
Most of the time, your chosen rental car company will bill the amount listed on the fine to your credit card, including local taxes. Otherwise, they may provide your contact details to the relevant local law enforcement agency, who'll then send a fine straight to you.
It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving a car in Aberdeen, and you could even be hit with a fine for just holding a phone when you're in control of a vehicle. That said, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as your focus remains on the road.
While behind the wheel in Aberdeen, it's against the law to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.05%. Planning to have a few beers while you're out? Consider using a ride-sharing service or taking a taxi.
It's prohibited to turn at a red light in Aberdeen. When you come across one, take the opportunity to enjoy a mindful moment until the light changes to green.
Seat belts must be worn in Aberdeenshire (county). Having said that, these rules may not apply for certain vehicles, such as those used by public transportation networks.