Here is some advice to keep you safe as you travel along the North East 250.

  1. Drive on the left. The majority of roads on the North East 250 route are two-way, however you may come to some single track roads. On these, please use passing places to let traffic pass and reduce speed, especially at bends in the road or when visibility is reduced. For information on driving single track roads, please click here.
  2. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but this will reduce to 20, 30 or 40mph in built up areas so look out for the speed limit signs and respect these. Despite the limit, there will often be times you’ll need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions.
  3. If you are an international visitor, please study the British Highway Code. This can be found online here and covers rules for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, and covers road signs and road markings. Please familiarise yourself with these road signs and markings as they may vary greatly those used in your home country.
  4. We know you’ll want to stop along the route to take photographs and admire the incredible scenery but please only stop in designated parking areas, do not park on roads or in passing places. Ensure where you park is safe for you and your fellow road users.
  5. Be aware of blind summits and sharp bends – there may be many of these on country roads.
  6. Please drive to the road conditions. We all know that Scotland is not known for its great weather! So be careful when driving in adverse weather conditions.
  7. Slow down for pedestrians, cyclists and animals, including horse riders. When overtaking cyclists, please give them plenty of room – information on minimum passing distances can be found here. Equally, if you are a cyclist, please pull over to allow traffic to pass safely on parts of the route where it may be difficult to overtake.
  8. Allow other vehicles to pass safely. If you are travelling below the speed limit, please pull into passing places or lay-bys on your left to allow traffic to pass.
  9. Look out for wildlife, especially on country roads, as they may run out into the road unexpectedly.

Please also follow @RoadSafetyNES on Twitter. Road Safety North East Scotland (RSNES) will share information relevant to the local authority areas managed by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council, which are part of the North East 250 route. The account will share and promote general road safety information and may be beneficial as you travel along the route. 

If you’re driving an electric car, find information on charging points at www.greenerscotland.org

More information on speed limits can be found here.

Further information for cyclists can be found here.

Further information for motorcyclists can be found here.