Ireland is a charming place to be especially if you can drive! Regardless of geography, driving can be fun any place in the world for the sense of freedom it gives. Driving in Ireland is not a complicated affair, although you have to pass a theory exam followed by a main practical test. Neither are hard if you’ve had your share of practice.
In their article “Pedestrian fatalities and injuries involving Irish older people” , Andrea. J. Martin, EB Hand , F. .Trace, Desmond O’Neil established that older people represented 36% of pedestrian fatalities and 23% of serious injuries while they only account for 19% of total RTA’s most accidents involving pedestrians compared to younger adults.

As Melanie(2017) has given some idea about driving in Ireland like she’s stated some of the key points to remember if you’re looking to drive in Ireland.
● In Ireland, stick to the left hand side of the road
● Yield to all vehicles coming from your right and always turn left on entering a roundabout.
● One must be 17 years of age to drive in Ireland
● The speed limit is 50 km/h in built up areas, 80 km/h on regional and local roads, 100 km/h on national roads and 120 km/h on motorways. Speeding can result in up three penalty points and a fine of 80 euros.

Some facts about the Irish Road Safety Authority:
The RSA(Road Safety Authority) is a state agency formed by the Irish Government to promote road safety within the republic of Ireland. It was formed on the 1st September 2006 and has its headquarters in Mayo. The current chairperson of the RSA is former TD Liz O’Donnell.
The Road Safety Authority is involved in setting the theory test, the first step towards becoming a driver on Irish roads. The test lasts for 45 minutes and consists of 40 questions. A pass mark requires securing 35 correct answers. After which in the next six months of obtaining a learner permit, one can apply for the full Irish Driver’s licence. Obtaining a full licence requires passing a practical exam. In the practical exam the tester sits with you in your car and monitors your driving proficiency.

Ireland is a great place to drive if you have a full driver’s licence as it’s geographically fitted in the best part of the inverse and the scenic routes of the Wild Atlantic Highway are mesmerising. The route as a whole is considered a world heritage site. Some of the scenic drives would be along Dingle in Kerry and Bundoran in Donegal. Exploring the lovely terrains of the rugged Irish beauty would be done right if one can drive to make it a personal experience.

1. Melanie May (2017, sept 20), A Guide to driving in Ireland , 2. Irish Road Safety Authority , Wikipedia 3. Andrea .J. Martin, EB Hand, F. Trace, Desmond O'Neill ,
“Pedestrian fatalities and injuries involving Irish older people”



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