The Cotswolds region is very, very safe for tourists and locals alike.  It is known for its beautiful rural scenery and friendly people.  The most important safety tips that visitors should remember while traveling in the Cotswolds are in regard to driving, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the area:

  • Firstly, it is very important to remember to drive on the LEFT side of the road.  This may take some active thought for the first days and hours driving there, as many drivers will instinctively look the wrong direction when pulling out or begin driving on the right out of habit.   
  • Remember that cars approaching to your right ALWAYS have the right-of-way.  In some US locales, drivers at intersections with yield signs will alternate right, left, right, left, and so on.  Not so in England. 
  • Be sure to carry a good map when driving in the Cotswolds.  There are many, many small country roads in the region and it is sometimes easy for even locals to become lost.  You may want to rent a car which has a global positioning device to assist you as well.  It may also be a good idea to make note on your map the locations of stores and gas stations if at all possible.
  • Become familiar with English street signs before driving.  The signs in England are different than in other parts of the world and it is important that you know what they mean to prevent accidents.
  • Always drive the speed limit.  Cotswolds' country roads are known to fill up with obstacles unexpectedly, such as sheep, and driving too fast can make it more difficult to stop on short notice.