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Driving in Ireland for Tourists

Driving:

Drive on the left side of the road at all times.

Junctions:

At a junction where no road has priority yield to traffic coming from the right.

Roundabouts:

Always drive anti-clockwise on roundabout. Treat the roundabout as a normal junction, so yield right of way to traffic approaching on the roundabout.

Motorways:

Motorways have white on blue signs. The ‘Entry to Motorway’ sign means that Motorway Regulations apply from that point. Vehicles prohibited from using motorways include:

On motorways special speed limit of 120 km applies.

Caravans:

The maximum speed limit for a car towing a caravan is 80 km per hour.

Speed Limits

In the Republic of Ireland the speed limit is in kilometres per hour. While in Northern Ireland it is in Miles per hour

Top Tip

If you would like Irish drivers to cut you a little slack on the roads, stick an N Plate on the front and the rear of the rental car.

The N plate indicates that the driver is a novice driver who recently passed their driving test, an N plate must be displayed to let other road users know they are novices. This will be very helpful on the narrow country roads outside Dublin & Cork

N Plates can be picked up at filling stations in Ireland, or if you prefer to come prepared you can purchase them in advance and a lot cheaper from Amazon

If you are unable to purchase an N Plate you could use an L plate which indicates the driver is a learner. However learner drivers are not allowed use the motorways.

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