I have a quick question. I would like to visit and tour the UK but at my own pace. I would like to rent a car and drive to all places that most tour operators do not include in their brochures. I have an extensive driving "experience" but only within the US and more specifically LA. I have driven briefly in South Europe ( a unique experience by itself). Nevertheless, I would like to know if renting a car is a good idea or should a solely rely on public transportation. I am also a bit concerned about safety since I am a female and probably I would be traveling by myself. If I decide to rent I would appreciate any helpful insights about reliable car companies (should I consider the traditional ones?) or local UK based. Also, is there reliable roadside assistance especially in those countryside roads that intertwine between those lively English villages that I am dying to visit. Yes, I plan to bring along all the gadgets (cell phone ipads etc.). By the way, how reliable is the wi-fi in the countryside? is wireless free in places like Starbucks etc?
I would appreciate if someone can enlighten me!!!