Many car insurance companies will not grant insurance to non UK residents. In order to solve this problem, non UK residents should bring their cars with them from wherever they are from; they will be able to travel with their vehicles while keeping their original insurance policies from America, France or any other country of origin.
Other insurance agencies will continue to cover you up no matter which country you may be in as long as you are driving your car, but it is advised to check this out with the individual companies to see if it is applicable or if there must be some change in the current plan to remain covered in another country.
Most of the insurance agencies in the UK will not provide any insurance coverage to non residents be it for days, weeks, months or years. Non UK residents have to rent a car to get any car insurance for the whole time that they will be in the UK or stay without a car.
Getting an international driver’s license is another way to get car insurance in the UK. Having an American driver’s license does not mean that it will be recognised in all countries of the world where as an international driving license is easier to secure and can be used in most countries.
Sometimes, even if you have an international driving license, it can be difficult to get car insurance. If you want to buy a car in the UK, you will need insurance coverage to do so, however if you are getting a car from another country you may not have to change your current coverage.
In some cases, you may find coverage but they will be very expensive for non UK residents as compared to those who have been driving for some years within the UK. This is applicable to international drivers, drivers with licenses from their countries of origin and students who drive from time to time. The UK road laws are very strict regarding those who have not driven for long in the UK because driving is on the opposite side of the road in most European countries and as such insurance companies do not want to get involved in situations regarding negligence of this fact.