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How to Drive in Ireland

Driving in Ireland can be tricky. Here are some tips to ensure pleasant and safe driving.

Difficulty Level: Average      Time Required: n/a

Here's How:
  1. Docoments required: valid driver's license in English.
  2. Front seatbelts to be worn at all times (in the Republic); also rear seatbelts in the North.
  3. Children under age 12 must ride in rear seats.
  4. Unless otherwise indicated, speed limits are 30mph in cities, 60mph on the open road, motorways 70mph.
  5. Mileage is signposted in miles and kilometers.
  6. Traffic travels on the left-hand side of the road.
  7. Enter roundabouts on left, proceed in clockwise rotation, exiting at the appropriate road.
  8. One passes on the right, yields to oncoming traffic on the right at traffic circles.
  1. An imperial gallon of fuel currently costs about US$5.00.
  2. Filling stations are usually open until 8pm with a few open later.
  3. Ireland has severe drink driving penalties.

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