Driving Rules & Regulations in Ireland

cheap car hire irelandBefore you rent a car in Ireland, it makes sense to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road there. Particularly if you are not accustomed to driving on the left-hand side of the road or in a manual transmission vehicle, take your time and read over the handy guide we have prepared for you:

It may seem obvious, but the main thing to remember is that you must drive on the left-hand side of the road. Pay particular attention to this when you are driving on quiet, secondary roads, as it is remarkably easy to revert to your old ways and drift over to the right.

Distances and speed limits are measured in kilometres per hour in the Republic of Ireland. If you are crossing the border to Northern Ireland, distances and speed limits are in miles.

Yield to traffic proceeding from the right on roundabouts.

Speed limits range from 50 km/h in built-up areas to 80 km/h or 100 km/h on national roads and 120 km/h on motorways. Signs indicating speed cameras are common, particularly in areas where fatalities have occurred.

Changeable weather conditions mean you should adapt your speed to suit anything from rain to fog or frost.

Keep your driving licence in the vehicle with you at all times.

Front and rear seatbelts must be worn. Child safety restraints must also be used for children under 12.

The minimum driving age in Ireland is 17 years of age.

It is a criminal offence to drive or be in charge of a vehicle if you have more than 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

Regulatory signs indicating actions drivers should or should not take are generally circular with a red border and black symbols or letters on a white background.

Warning signs indicating hazards are yellow with a black border.

Read more about Driving on Irish Roads.

We hope you found our guide to the rules of the road in Ireland useful. Choose Car Rental Ireland from Nova for the very best in car hire quality, service, and value.

Have you hired a car and driven around Ireland before? Do you have any road safety tips for Ireland that you want to share with your fellow readers? Share your Irish driving experiences in the comments box below. We’d love to hear from you!