Driving in Ireland
Road rules of Ireland
We have put together some key Irish road rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.
These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.
Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Ireland location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Which Side of the Road?
In Ireland, please drive on the LEFT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- Some minor roads in Ireland are narrow, so be careful or your speed and surroundings when driving
- Some level crossings have manual gates which motorists must open and close
- Beware of wildlife and livestock in the roads, drive with caution
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Rural areas: 60mph (100km/h)
- Motorways: 74mph (120km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
- Children under 12 years of age not permitted in front seats.
- Children under 3, measuring less than 150cm or less than 36kg must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please ask your Avis representative to help fit your child with the correct child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental carIreland has no compulsary equipment needed for your Avis rental car
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