Driving Tips - Ireland
With beautiful countryside of Ireland, driving a car to explore Ireland has to be one of the best ways. But narrow roads and infrequent shoulders might leave you a little fearful of driving. Not to worry, this guide will provide you with some important facts pre-trip so you can face the roads free of anxiety.
- Full and valid driving licence from country of residence
- Vehicle registration certification
- Valid insurance documents, for a rented car
- Vehicle roadworthy certificate
- The minimum age for driving a vehicle in Ireland is 17 (seventeen) years of age
- Children under 12 (twelve) years old are not permitted to sit in the front
- Children under 3 (three) years old who are under 150cm must use the correct child seat
- Children over 3 (three) years old must travel in the back with standard seatbelts
Driving Rules, Laws and Regulations
- Driving is done on the left hand side of the road
- Headlights must be used appropriately and when necessary
- Vehicles turning right should give way to vehicles turning left if turning into the same road
- At roundabout, vehicles on the right should be given priority
- At pedestrian crossings, a blinking amber light means you may proceed if the crossing is free from pedestrians
- Pay the tolls at two points in Dublin before entering the expressways
- Green arrows at traffic lights take precedence over other lights
Speed Limits and Fines
The following speed limits should be strictly adhered to when driving your vehicle in Ireland:
- 120km/hour (74.5mph) on expressways
- 100km/hour (62mph) on national roads
- 80km/hour (50mph) on regional roads
- 50km/hour (31mph) in urban areas
There may also be special speed limits around schools and other locations of 30km/hour (18mph).
Any driver who fails to adhere to these speed limits is subject to the penalty point system in Ireland, affecting future driving in this country.
It is illegal for anyone to use speed meter detectors. If found to be doing so, your vehicle will be seized.
Not adhering to the speed limits will incur a fixed charge with penalty points. You will have 28 days to pay the fine.
For fully licenced drivers, 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood is the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit. For professional and learner drivers the limit is 20mg.
Police in Ireland have the authority to carry out random breath tests at any time.
If you are found to be below a certain limit, you will be issued with a fine to be paid within 28 days.
Found above a certain level, you will be issued with a fine and possibly spend time in prison.
You could face the maximum fixed penalty fine or 6 months in prison or both. You will also have your licence revoked.
Parking charges in Ireland can vary depending on where exactly you are.
There are different parking types throughout Ireland which include; disc parking, permit parking, pay and display, and other car parks.
If you are issued with a parking fine, it must be paid to the correct authority within 28 days. Failure to pay within the specified time will result in an increase in the amount. If another 28 days pass, then you will be taken to court that might result in penalty points and another fine.
Ireland Driving Guide
Kiss the Blarney Stone; find a leprechaun and his pot of gold are fun reasons, if not mythical ones, to visit Ireland. In fact, the art of storytelling is rampant and many monumental sites have two explanations, the credible and the long tale. The north and south divided island offers some incredible features that make it tangibly unique, and provides some great drives in your Ireland rental car, just watch out for sheep that have little regard for roads. Time to go.
Tucked up in the northern part of Northern Ireland, and familiarly known simply as Derry, this city offers old world charm with the contemporary. The whole island is dripping in history, but Derry is the only city that has a wall around its inner periphery still completely intact and can be walked. If you prefer to have a pictorial representation of the city’s history, just outside the 17th century walls on the tourist trail, street artists have depicted scenes of the past on walls and buildings. Ireland accommodations are plentiful in this city with something for every preference.
To experience some truly incredible scenery, the 198 km (123 miles) Antrim Coast Road, also known as the Causeway Coastal Route, is a continuous revelation of jaw-dropping sights and ranks up there with some of the world’s best coastline trips. It’s possible to even see Scotland in certain areas on a clear day. Beginning this drive in Derry you’ll be able to do this easily in a day if you only go as far as the Giant’s Causeway, 64 km (40 miles), a volcanic rock formation that disappears into the ocean. By all means continue for loads of breathtaking scenery, but you’ll need to find an inn for the night if you’re staying in Derry.
What might be considered Ireland’s version of Australia’s Ayers Rock, this town has Table Mountain, or Benbulben, as a distant backdrop. Be sure to ask a local about some of the legends that abound for this geographic wonder. With world-class golf courses in the area, immense sand beaches and numerous walking trails, this town is up to the task of delivering a wonderful vacation.
A car ride to nearby Benbulben, 16 km (10 miles) is an Instagram opportunity for great photos with the ever-changing colours of this mountain depending on the time of day. There are paths up the mountain for incredible views over the countryside. Travelling a little further north is Donegal, 64 km (40 miles), with some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe found in this region. The most difficult part is deciding when to turn around and head back.
Many cities around the world lay their claim to fame for some product or industry, and for Cork it’s butter. Cork butter was made and sent to far off locations beginning in the 19th century, and it was at the Cork Butter Market where transactions were finalized. Today, although butter isn’t sold at the Market, it is now a museum detailing what was an important industry. The Cork City Gaol is also defunct, but again this oppressive building that resembles a castle can be toured. Since you’re so close, why not get your dose of charm from the Blarney Stone, 8 km (5 miles), but it’s not as easy as you might think.
When in Cork, the famous Ring of Kerry Drive can’t be missed that passes among storybook landscapes, by waterfalls, and through towns perched on the coastline. To find the road travel to Killarney, 85 km (53 miles), and 179 km (111 miles) later you’re back to where you started. The roads are often very narrow so it’s definitely not a trip you want to hurry, but you won’t regret it and keep your camera poised.
If there ever were a country where a car is important, Ireland would be it with so much to see in relatively short distances. When you use Cheaperthancars you’re getting affordability and reliability, and when teamed up with Cheaperthanhotels it’s truly an economizing combination. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you can afford to do when you get to Ireland for your trip.
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