Driving Advice Ireland

Driving Advice IrelandGoing to Ireland this summer? Here are som good advices for driving in Ireland, that will keep you prepared and safe on your journey. General driving advice and special equipment for driving legaly in Ireland. Use this as a checklist before you go to avoid any problems.


General driving advice Ireland:
– A valid full driving licence. The original vehicle registration document and Your passport
– Make sure you have European breakdown cover.
– 112 is the emergency number across Europe.
– Don’t use a hand held mobile while driving.
– If you wear glasses, take a spare pair.
– It is recommended that you have a reflective jacket in the car – they are compulsory in many European countries.
– Speed camera / radar detection systems are illegal in most European countries. Come countries have also banned the use of sat navs which detect fixed speed cameras so ensure this is deactivated.
– Plan your journey
– There is only one safe rule when it comes to drinking and driving; if you drink, don’t drive.

Check your Car before taking of to Ireland:
Service your car before you go to avoid expensive and frustrating breakdowns while away. Check the tread for wear – the legal limit in the summer for car tyres across Europe is 1.6mm but we recommend a minimum of 3mm as tyres wear quickly after 3mm. Check the tyre pressure – remember to check them when cold. Check tyres for any damage and replace them if you need to. Think about taking a puncture repair kit to get you on the road again without having to change a tyre, until you are able to get to a garage for a replacement.

Driving Advice Ireland
– Warning Triangle
– It is compulsory to have third party motor insurance.
– Driving in Ireland is on the left, overtaking on the right with distances given in kilometres.
– The use of horn is not allowed (unless an emergency) between 2330 and 0700h.
– Whilst driving, you may notice some level crossings have manual gates which you would need to open and close.
– Using radar detectors is not allowed and could be confiscated.
– Speed limits for private vehicles without trailers (may vary, always look out for signs):
In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)Outside built-up areas 37 – 62 mph (60 – 100 km/h)Motorways 74 mph (120 km/h)
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front/rear seat passengers (if fitted.) Children under three must be seated using a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight. They can travel on the front seat as long as they are in a rear facing restraint system and the airbag is disabled. Children over three (measuring under 4ft11in and weighing less than 79lbs) must be seated using a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.

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