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Ireland by Car

A great choice for getting around Ireland is a car if you bring your own or hire one. Car rental in Ireland allow you to choose when and where you travel to, even you can plan your own itinerary of the island and stop at any town, attraction, or viewing point that you wish.

Driving in Ireland:

Ireland still drive on the left hand side of the road. This can be disconcerting for first time visitors, but with a little practice it is easily overcome.
The main difference between many American vehicles and European is the location of the gear change. In European cars it is found between the drivers and passenger seats. If you're used to right hand drive cars there could be a little adjustment period in situations like when you bang your right hand off the door instead of using your left to change gears, maybe in that way, with time and patience you will get used to drive in Ireland.

Ireland By Car

Some rules of the road:

1. First of all traveling around Ireland will get easier if you get familiar with the car's controls, also remember to stay on the left side of the road.
2. You should invest in a complete road guide of Ireland as published by Ordnance Survey Ireland.
3. Most of the signs are understand but you should get to know the road signs, to avoid confusions, distances can be shown in either miles or kilometers.
4. Refill once your tank is half empty, gas stations can be few and far between in rural areas with almost none of them offering 24/7-service.
5. In inner cities and towns there is a speed limit of 30mph/50kph. In suburban areas this is increased to 40mph/65kph. On all other roads a general speed limit of 60mph/100kph applies. Don't plan to achieve more than an average speed of 40 mph.
6. Drive defensively and be prepared, Ireland is largely a rural country, expect slow and gigantic pieces of farm machinery around every corner, pets suddenly crossing the road or sheep to use it as a resting place.

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