Driving is a great skill to have. It grants us the freedom to go where we want when we want, and it is a particularly vital asset when living in rural Ireland. However, significant risks are associated with driving, especially in rural parts of the country. In 2019 there were 148 fatalities on Irish roads, with 113 of these taking place in rural areas.
This means that it is imperative that we are respectful of other road users in order to reduce the risk of accidents. As a driver it is wise to be cautious: make sure to abide by the speed limit, never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and avoid driving when tired or fatigued.
It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that their vehicle is taxed and insured as well as being fully serviced and operational. For more information on how to be a safe and responsible driver, see our ‘Causes of Collisions and How to Avoid Them’ section. For information on motor tax, please visit the Motor Tax section.