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Travel Tips

Driving in Ireland

 
  • Drive on the left hand side of the road

Driving on the left-hand side of the road will be more obvious when you are on a busy road or motorway, however the Wild Altantic Way route can be fairly isolated at times of the year so there may not be much traffic to remind to stay left. If you are driving in Ireland in your own European right-hand drive car, again you may be more inclined to drive on the right on isolated roads. 

  • Get familiar with the car's controls

Before leaving the rental car yard, especially if you are used to an automatic car, be sure to programme your satellite navigation system while the car is still stationary.

  • Seatbelts are compulsory in the front and back seats

If there is a seatbelt, you must use it. It's the responsibility of the drivers to ensure their passengers are using seatbelts and appropriate child restraints.
 

 

  • Look out for the Wild Atlantic Way signage

Follow the signs which are clearly marked along the whole Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Expect to cover only 65 kilometres an hour

When planning your day's touring don’t plan to achieve more than an average speed of 40mph or 65km per hour.  

  • Don't run out of gas/petrol

Petrol stations can be few and far between in rural areas with almost none of them offering 24/7 service. It is a good idea to refill once your tank is half empty. Remember that not all gas stations will take credit cards.

  • Pick the right pump

Make sure to fill your tank with the correct pump, either Petrol or Diesel. Hire cars should all have labels on the tank to remind you which fuel your car takes. The pump handles for Diesel in Ireland are black and Unleaded Petrol ones have green handles, this is the opposite to the US.

  • Ireland adheres to the EU laws for child restraints

All children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.

  • Expect the unexpected

The Wild Atlantic Way route is mostly a rural area and rural traffic is the norm. Expect to encounter slow moving farm machinery regularly from March to October. Also be prepared for wildlife, farm animals and pets suddenly crossing the road. Sheep especially like to use the road as  a resting place!




For more tips on driving in Ireland see the Road Safety Authority's website:
http://rsa.ie/RSA/Licensed-Drivers/Driving-in-Ireland/

What to Pack
It is often said that Ireland can experience four seasons in one day, so it is essential to pack with this is mind. As Ireland is no stranger to rain, always bring a raincoat with a hood - an umbrella is of little use in the Atlantic breeze.

A pair of comfortable walking shoes or boots are a must. To experience the full Wild Atlantic Way, the terrain can be rough and uneven in places and there may not be structured pavements. Always pack with layers in mind. Even in the Irish summer where temperatures can reach up to 22 degrees Celsius, if the sun goes behind a cloud the temperature can drop suddenly. So bring a variety of clothes that can be layered up or down accordingly.