From speed limits to seat belt laws, we've put together some of our top driving tips to make your time on the road a safer and more enjoyable experience.

   
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Map your journey

Whether you're planning a quick trip down the coast or a cross country adventure, our comprehensive Road Trip Guides feature a wide range of routes to choose from. And, with pre-loaded maps available for each journey, you can spend less time worrying about directions and more time enjoying the open road. If you're planning on taking the road less travelled, be sure to check out our portable GPS units, which make it easy to navigate in remote locations across Ireland.

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Pick up a car rental

Once you've mapped out your adventure, you'll need to book a car hire that's right for you. If you're just driving down the coast, our compact economy class vehicles provide comfort and convenience at an affordable price. For longer journeys, be sure to check out our larger range of vehicles, which have plenty of room for your crew and their luggage.

 

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Prepare for weather conditions

No matter what time of year in Ireland, it's always a good idea to be prepared for any kind of weather. Double check the weather before hitting the road. If you're facing harsh conditions, it's recommended that you drive with your headlights on low beam to increase visibility among other drivers. For safe braking, be sure to leave a little extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. 

 

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Be sure to buckle up

Drivers and all passengers are required to wear a seatbelt at all times on Irish roads. Travelling with little ones? For their safety, children under twelve years old need their own booster seat, which can be added to your rental during booking.

 

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Watch your speed

Within built-up areas, 50km per hour is the default speed limit. Outside of the city, speed limits can reach a maximum of 120km per hour. If you plan on stopping in residential areas, be sure to keep an eye out for school zones.

 

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Take regular breaks

If you're planning a full day of driving, it's recommended that you take a break every couple of hours to prevent you from tiring out. Alternatively, share the driving with another passenger, add them to be an additional driver to the vehicle rental. Not sure where to stop? Check out our Destination Guides for inspiration.

 

 

 

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