|A few guidelines for driving your Dublin Car Rental;
For those who have not visited Ireland before, English is the common language and all road signs are in English.
In both Southern and Northern Ireland all traffic drives on the LEFT side of the Road. Most visitors flying into Southern Ireland arrive at either Shannon, Cork or Dublin Airports. These airports
are located outside of the City Centre's and when you collect your Rental Car you will have time to get used to the local Irish driving conditions before reaching some of the more built up area's.
In Ireland most rental cars are Manual Transmission (Stick Shift), Automatic cars are available but are generally more expensive to rent. (You can specify which transmission you would prefer
when you make your booking). If you are visiting Ireland from the UK then most of the road signs, road markings and roundabout's will be familiar to you. If you are visiting from continental
Europe or the USA then it may take you a little while to get used to the road layouts and driving on the "other" side of the road. Your Car Rental company should supply you with a Road Map
which will help you find your way around.
Some road Safety tips for Ireland;
To help you enjoy your Car rental in Ireland and your visit, we have put together some Irish Road Safety Information and general information.
Car Rental Safety
Your Rental Car will be provided to you in good condition, and you, as the driver of the vehicle, will be responsible for ensuring that the car, whilst in your care, is roadworthy and safe. We would
suggest checking your car; Tyres, Brakes, Vehicle operation, Lights and other essential items before driving.
Drink Driving in Ireland;
Ireland has been clamping down on drink driving in recent years and drink driving is not tolerated with severe penalties imposed on people who have a legal reading of over 80mg per 100ml of
blood. This equates to approximately one Pint of Beer. Do not attempt to drive your hire/rental car or any other vehicle whilst under the influence of Alcohol. Do not Drink and Drive.
Baby and Child Seats in Ireland;
New rules were introduced in 2006 with regard to Baby and child car seats in Ireland, basically they are as follows and apply to all cars including hir/rental cars in Ireland.
If in the front seat all children must either be in a child seat or wear a seat belt. There are no exceptions to this rule. In the rear seat children less than four years must use an appropriate child
restraint. Children over 4 years must use an appropriate child restraint, where available, or a seat belt. Where airbags are fitted the renter should check the rental cars handbook about any special
precautions or limitations to be taken when using a child restraint in the cars front seat. Your Rental Car in Ireland will have fitted seat belts for all seats.
What do these new regulations say?
Where safety belts have been fitted in a car/goods vehicle they must be worn by the driver and passengers.
children under 3 years of age may not travel in a car or goods vehicle (other than a taxi – see below) unless in an appropriate child restraint,
children aged 3 years and over who are under 150 centimetres and weighing less than 36 kilograms – generally children up to 12 years - must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in
cars or goods vehicles fitted with safety belts,
children over 3 years of age must travel in a rear seat in vehicles not fitted with safety belts,
rear-facing child restraints must not be used in seats protected with an active frontal air-bag.
How do these regulations apply to buses?
Children aged 3 years or over must wear safety belts where they are fitted.
Passengers travelling in buses fitted with safety belts must be informed of the requirement to wear them.
Why is there an exemption for taxis?
Child restraints come in several weight classes and it is unreasonable to expect that taxis, hackneys and limousines would always have the appropriate child restraint available.
What other exemptions apply to private cars?
Ireland has availed of an option to allow a child of three years of age or over to wear an adult safety belt in the rear of a passenger car or light goods vehicle (LGV), where two child restraints are
already fitted, and it is not possible to fit another child restraint.
What do I do if I have more children in the rear of a car than there are seat belts installed?
Ireland has availed of an exemption until May 2009 which allows children to sit unrestrained in the rear of a vehicle where seat belts are not available. This concession, used responsibly, is
intended to facilitate families with cars where the number of children is greater than the seats available for them.
Why is the older child defined in terms of 150 cm in height and weighing less than 36 kilograms instead of age?
Children come in all shapes and sizes at any age. Child restraints come in several weight classes. The upper limit of 150cms in height and 36kgs in weight corresponds to a child of eleven or twelve
years of age. What is important is that the safety restraint used is appropriate to the height and weight of the child and is properly fitted.
What happens in the case of MPVs and SUVs?
MPVs and SUVs are treated as private cars unless they are registered as a goods vehicle.
150 centimetres is equivalent to 4ft 11ins or 59ins and,
36 kilograms is equivalent to 5st 9lbs or 79lbs
Unless exempted, every person in a car is legally obliged to wear a seat belt where one is fitted. That includes drivers and front and rear passengers. The driver is responsible for ensuring that
passengers under 17 years of age comply with the law. The maximum fine is EUR 200 for a persons first offence. Exempted persons: Some persons are exempted in accordance with the
regulations, e.g. Gardai Siochana, Defence Forces etc., including persons holding a medical certificate that it is inadvisable on medical grounds to wear a seatbelt (or child restraint).
Please take care, especially at junctions, we want you to enjoy your Car Hire/Rental experience in Ireland as much as possible. If this is your first time to experience driving on the left hand side of
the road take some time to get used to it.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident in your hire car you must report this to the GARDAI, (POLICE), and should do this before leaving the scene. You can contact the GARDAI from
any telephone by dialing 999. All emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialing 999 including the Fire Service, Ambulance and Coastal Rescue.
When driving a hire/rental car you must also inform the hire/rental car company if you have an accident. You will find their contact details on the Car Rental Documents that you received at the
time of your Irish car rental pickup.
Cheap Car rentals in Ireland are available from the following towns and cities through this site, both from the airport and downtown. One way cross border rentals are also available from many
locations. Rental cars are available from Dublin airport, North and South Dublin,Shannon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Knock, Galway, Killarney, Waterford and Rosslare in Southern Ireland, from
Northern Ireland we have cars from Belfast and Derry.
We hope that this was of help and that you enjoy your Dublin Car Rental.
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