1. What is the general speed limit in West Sussex?
In built-up areas, the speed limit is typically 30 miles per hour (mph). Outside of built-up areas, cars and campervans are allowed to travel at speeds up to 60 mph on single carriageways, and up to 70 mph on dual carriageways and motorways.
2. Which side of the road should I drive on in West Sussex?
In West Sussex, as in the rest of the UK, you should always drive on the left side of the road.
3. Is a foreign driving license accepted in West Sussex?
Yes, EU and EEA driving licences are accepted. For other countries' licences, it's a good idea to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to accompany them.
4. Are there many speed cameras in West Sussex?
Yes, West Sussex has a number of speed cameras, including fixed and mobile units, so it's important to observe speed limits at all times.
5. Are there toll roads in West Sussex?
There are no toll roads in West Sussex, although some nearby bridges and tunnels may charge a toll, including the Dartford Crossing.
6. Are service stations common in West Sussex?
Yes, you'll find service stations with fuel, food and other facilities along major routes such as the A27 and the M23.
7. Where can I park my campervan in West Sussex?
There are a number of caravan and campervan sites throughout West Sussex where you can park overnight. Additionally, some car parks and lay-bys allow campervan parking, but always check the signage.
8. How well maintained are the roads in West Sussex?
Roads in West Sussex are generally well maintained, especially major routes. However, smaller country roads may be narrower and have bumps or potholes.
9. Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of in West Sussex?
Standard UK driving rules apply, including observing speed limits, not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and pedestrians have right of way at marked crossings.
10. Do I need to pay to park in towns or cities?
There is typically a charge for parking in public car parks or on-street parking bays in towns and cities.
11. Can I park my campervan anywhere in West Sussex?
You should always park your campervan in a designated parking area, and never on a verge or in a passing place. Wild camping is not generally allowed.
12. Is it safe to drive a campervan in West Sussex?
Yes, driving in West Sussex is generally safe, but like all driving it requires concentration, especially on unfamiliar roads.
13. What is the law regarding seatbelts in campervans?
In the UK, all passengers should wear seatbelts if they're fitted in your campervan.
14. What should I do in the event of a breakdown or accident?
If your campervan breaks down or you're involved in an accident, you should get to a safe place if possible, and call your hire company's breakdown service or the emergency services.
15. Can I use a hands-free device while driving in West Sussex?
Yes, but it must be fully hands-free - you can't pick it up even momentarily. If you're caught using a handheld device while driving, you can face a fine and points on your license.