Important things to note
It's generally recommended to carry with you spare bulbs
for your car's external lights, a fire extinguisher, first aid
kit and a warning triangle. Some motorways have toll booths.
Very few accept credit card payments, so it's a good idea to
have change in the car at all times. Don't use your car horn
between 23:30 and 7:00.
Driving culture in Ireland
What are the
roads like in Ireland?
Outside of the main cities and particularly in the more rural
areas, the roads are quite rough. Many of the main roads and
motorways don't have bypasses and are prone to traffic jams.
It's advisable to account for extra journey time - up to 25%
is advisable. It's advisable to drive with caution out in more
rural areas as livestock and wildlife may be in the roads.
Some level-crossings have manual gates which must be opened
and closed by motorists.
What are the drivers like in Ireland?
On the whole, driving standards in Ireland are very good and
most drivers tend to be courteous. The more problematic
drivers tend to be other tourists.
What are the best times to drive?
Weekends and during the days outside of rush hour is the best
time to be on the roads. Rush hour is between 7:00 and 9:00 in
a morning and 16:00 and 19:00 in the evening and certainly the
traffic is busiest in Dublin and surrounding areas at rush
What are the driving laws?
The driver and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times,
while drivers are responsible for anyone under 17 wearing one.
It's illegal to use a mobile handset whilst driving. Children
under 12 are not permitted to sit in the front seat. Children
under 12 must be seated in an appropriate child restraint. If
you're using a GPS system showing where fixed speed cameras
are, deactivate it whilst driving.