Roundabouts in Ireland
Roundabouts are to many who visit Ireland a very new and daunting experience.We at Eurocpar have decided to take the worry and any confusion you may have by guiding you through what do to in order to navigate a roundabout correctly. Ireland is one of the few countries that have a large majority or roundabouts in various shapes and sizes.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with ROUNDABOUTS the following is some useful information to help get you acquainted to using them.
- Remember all traffic in Ireland drives on the left hand side of the road and our roundabouts go clockwise.
- A Roundabout is indicated by the sign above. When you approach a roundabout STOP. You have to give way to traffic already on the roundabout but if the road is clear you may proceed.
- There are many roundabouts in and around City Centres, Main Road Junctions and entrances and exits to Dual Carriageways (Two lanes each way).
- You will also find Roundabouts on exits from Motorways and in some built up locations. They are built to effectively replace traffic lights at junctions to allow for a smoother flow of traffic.
- You may also encounter what we call "Mini Roundabouts". These are effectively smaller and are basically small raised areas in the centre of a junction. The same rules apply to these as above.
- If this is your first time to encounter a roundabout please take care. Approach with caution and only proceed when your exit is clear.
- The best piece of advice is to be prepared, if there are more than one entrance lane make sure you are in the correct lane.
More information about Road signs is available from the official Road Safety Website here or to watch a video explanation of roundabout navigation click here. Road safety is a major priority for us at Europcar and encourage anyone renting from us to prepare well before getting behind the wheel. Familiarize yourself with both roundabouts and general traffic signs. This preparation will mean you not only get to your destination safely but also without delay.