Driving in Ireland

For a short city break, taking your car on the ferry to Belfast or Dublin is an attractive option. It gives you the freedom to explore a new area in your own vehicle without too many driving differences. To make sure you're safe, insured and confident on the road in Ireland, here's what you'll need to know.

You will still be driving on the left-hand side of the road as you do in the rest of the UK. Everyone in the car must wear a seatbelt, and children under the age of three must be in an appropriate seat or restraint. This also applies to children more than three years old who are less than 36kg in weight or 1.5 metres in height.

All distances on road signs are given in kilometres, not miles, so you'll need to take extra care to make sure you're within the speed limit. The 'town and city' limit is 50km/h, which is just over 31mph - so we suggest travelling at 30mph in these areas. There's a fixed fine for speeding and an automatic penalty of two points on your licence.

There are very severe penalties for drink driving, as well as a very low legal limit, and as always our advice is not to drink at all if you'll be in the driver's seat. The punishment is a fine or imprisonment as well as disqualification from driving.

Whenever you need driving advice or support for your vehicle, please get in touch with the team at your closest Lookers dealership.