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    Driving in Ireland

    I'm heading off to Ireland for a couple of weeks. This is my first time driving on the left side of the road. When you're on their highway system is the passing lane on the right?



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    They're probably all drunk anyways, do whatever you want.




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    Every intersection is a cloverleaf. That part will be funky.


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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Every intersection is a cloverleaf. That part will be funky.
    That's racist.




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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    learn to love roundabouts.



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    That's racist.
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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm heading off to Ireland for a couple of weeks. This is my first time driving on the left side of the road. When you're on their highway system is the passing lane on the right?
    Yes the lanes for faster traffic are the right lanes. You will see vans and lauries(trucks) in the left lanes. You will also run into 6-8 spoke roundabouts, which are fun.

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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Quote Originally Posted by brett108 View Post
    Yes the lanes for faster traffic are the right lanes. You will see vans and lauries(trucks) in the left lanes. You will also run into 6-8 spoke roundabouts, which are fun.

    Get a Tom Tom. It will be a life saver.
    Ditto on the Tom Tom or Garmin, you will be thankful it tells you exactly which exit to take from the roundabouts. We went last March and had a blast! Driving on the left is a little harrowing at first but you get used to it. We also had a manual transmission and shifting with the left hand takes a little getting used to. Thankfully the pedals are in the same place or I would have been seriously screwed. To me, the biggest thing to get used to is the narrowness of the roads, sometimes you are required to use the sidewalk



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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Driving there is definitely entertaining. The county roads double back on themselves at random points. There's little stone walls that almost come up to the edge of the roads (which are JUST wide enough for two cars to pass each other). The coolest area that I drove in was when we headed to Blarney Castle, there was about an hour of driving through a road that cut through essentially a forest. When you get in to towns the roads are EXTREMELY narrow and you have to watch where others have parked. You could end up stuck if and have to reverse out of the road if someone didn't give you enough clearance where they parked. Good times though, I loved driving with the manual transmission..but be prepared to shift frequently



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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Mark every single scratch on your rental car on the sheet before you leave. When I went, the passenger side of the rental car was entirely scratched up when I got to it. I didn't ask for a different car because I knew if i dinged a wall, they wouldn't be able to tell. And most of those walls also have foliage.

    I suggest paying the extra to get an automatic transmission. I continually found myself in moments of panic reaching across my body to shift with my right hand and steer with my left. There is nothing like trying to drive the windy roads around the Cliffs of Moher while getting passed by a tour bus.


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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    It's kind of fun driving in Ireland. Within two hours there our Garmin took us on some rural route to our first tourist site. It has just snowed (which is rare) and I popped over a hill and two gingers about 10 years old peppered our car with snowballs.

    I stole their whiskey so I won that battle.


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    Re: Driving in Ireland

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm heading off to Ireland for a couple of weeks. This is my first time driving on the left side of the road. When you're on their highway system is the passing lane on the right?
    Will be heading there myself on 3/17. Looking forward to the trip but share the same concern about the driving. Only have a rental for part of the time but we will have an automatic and GPS. The less distractions the better.



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    Just took the busses everywhere. The hostles all had sign ups for trips to places. Betwene hangovers and lack of sleep no way was I brave enough to drive on those roads.


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