Driving tips

Hong Kong

Those visiting or relocating to Hong Kong from the UK will have one big advantage when it comes to driving: as a former UK colony, Hong Kong drives on the left, and street signs are near-identical to those of the UK (and printed in both English and Chinese). What’s more, the roads are generally very well maintained and drivers in Hong Kong tend to err on the slow and cautious side – the precise opposite of driving habits in many other Asian countries – so driving there is something you needn’t worry about unnecessarily.

New Zealand

Like Australia, New Zealand is another country where UK drivers are likely to feel reasonably at home on the roads. New Zealanders drive on the left, and the Highway Code and street signs are virtually identical to those of the UK.
The biggest difference is likely to be in the sheer variety of driving conditions that you encounter: New Zealand’s climate tends to have greater extremes than Britain’s, and the country has many unmade roads – or, as the locals say, ‘unsealed’ roads. So it’s always a good idea to ensure you’re fully prepared for the journey ahead.


Driving in Singapore should feel comfortingly familiar to visitors or new residents from the UK. Like a lot of former British colonies, Singapore’s street signs are all printed in English – as well as Chinese, in most cases, with some also in Tamil – and you’ll be driving on the right.
The roads are well maintained, reflecting the city-state’s reasonably affluent status, and traffic isn’t too bad for a major Asian city. As a result, various surveys have ranked Singapore as a less stressful city to drive in than London, New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo, so even nervous drivers needn’t worry too much.
One thing you do need to be aware of are the strict measures that have been taken in the city to prevent congestion and pollution: these can impact on your driving plans considerably, particularly if you’re thinking of importing or buying a car, but also if you’re just renting.