Learning to Drive in Ireland
When you’re driving around Ireland you’re likely to come across everything there is in driving. It really doesn’t matter what part of the country you’re driving in because your still going to hit the motorways, hills, dangerous bends and of course potholes.
When your driving in Dublin there are a network of motorways with speed limits of 120 km p/h zones, dual carriage ways and national roads with speed limits of 100 km p/h.
Regional roads have speed limits of 80 km p/h, urban areas have speed limits of 50 km p/h and then there are some special zones of 30 km p/h.
These special zones are normally around schools but in Dublin city centre where there is a large area zoned at this special speed limit.
There are a couple of things to remember when driving, firstly speed limits are just that a limit not a target. Also remember that if the authorities catch you breaking the speed limits there is a fine of eighty Euros as well as two penalty points. There are lots of different offences that involve fines and penalty points but I will cover those in another Blog post.
When you travel to other parts of the country from Dublin you can get at least part of the way by motorway. There are motorways between Dublin and Belfast, Dublin and Cork and Dublin and Galway.
This means you can go from the East of the country to the North, South or West of the country and then divert to whatever city or town you choose.
Remember when you start to travel to on the national roads they can be quiet narrow. There are lots of narrow roads with dangerous bends so please remember to take your time on these roads.
Remember if you’ve left a section of motorway it can sometimes take a conscious effort to adjust your speed to the new limits. Remember that there are no hard shoulders on these roads so there won’t be any room to pull over or stop on these roads.
If you’re driving in rural Ireland the roads can be challenging. Apart from meeting domestic traffic you are likely to meet agricultural and commercial traffic. Even in the summer when the roads are dry the roads can be very slippery because of dirt and debris that can be dragged from fields or bogs by the agricultural traffic.
Most of the rural roads won’t have any street lighting and with all the bends, dips and over grown grass verges it can be very difficult to drive at night. Take extra care at night and make sure that all of your vehicle lighting is working and that all of the lenses are clean.
The main thing to remember when you’re driving around Ireland is to have your vehicle in good working order and that you are in a fit state to drive.
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Even experienced drivers need to force themselves to reduce speed when coming off the motorways, it’s very easy to get carried away especially approaching roundabouts. So very important to get a reality check with normal roads quickly.
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