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Many travelers prefer a self-drive or chauffeured vacation that gives them the freedom and opportunity to stop at many places along the way, but are inexperienced with driving in Ireland, these tips will keep you traveling like an expert!

You want to get behind the wheel of a car and discover Ireland, but you need expert driving tips. Here you go! First, you’re on vacation—relax and take your time. You’re not out to break any records and, just as it is at home, driving the speed limit is the safest option. Also, just like home, there are speed traps.

Do your highway driving while it’s still light outside. In the summer, days are quite long. To figure out how long it will take to get somewhere, estimate 40 mph. Most roads in Ireland are two-lane. Build in time for spontaneity, roadside craft stalls, dining, and sightseeing.

Avoid driving in Dublin—too many one-way streets. It’s best to pick up your rental car when you leave the city. If you get lost, whether in the city or the countryside, pull over and ask a local. Irish people love giving directions. Keep a pen handy, and ask them to draw you a rough map. Delight in your conversation.

What about those roundabouts? Merge into one the same way you merge onto a freeway. Go in on your left, and don’t stop. If your exit is at the far end of the circle, move to the center and continue clockwise. If you’re going to exit soon, stay in the outside lane. If you miss your exit, no problem! Just drive around the circle again. Stay with the flow and get into the freedom of the road.

You can also check out these chauffeur and private group tour options.

 

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