Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Driving in Ireland – Four Things That Will Freak You Out

Driving in Ireland is unlike driving in most other countries.  Here are four things that you’ll experience on the roads of the Emerald Isle that would never happen here in America.


Most obviously, you have to drive on the opposite side of the road and the opposite side of the car.

This is a picture as we're getting into the "wrong"
sides of the car for the first time.  Once we started
driving, Frank yelled, "No more pictures!" as he was
freaking out about driving on the left side of the road.
What’s most confusing about driving on the right side of the car on the left side of the road is that all your turning is disoriented.  In America, you can make right hand turns on red because you’re not crossing any lanes of traffic.  In Ireland, you absolutely cannot do that.  Frank tried once and almost hit a truck.

Also, when you are driving in Ireland and see a really large vehicle heading to you in the right lane, you forget you’re on the left and think it’s going to hit you head on!



Ireland’s road signs are near impossible to understand

Watch out for the man playing lacrosse?
Don't clone your car?

Midget crossing?
You’ll also see signs for things you don’t want to see.

We are screwed.
And sometimes you’ll see signs for things that are obvious…

Okay, duly noted, will not drive my car into the water
Those Irish warn you about everything.



However, never once did I see a sign for sheep crossing.  In Florida, we have signs for Key Deer crossings and Florida Panther crossings, but in Ireland, the sheep just run wild, with no warnings.

I once saw a postcard in the Emerald Isle that said “Traffic jam in Ireland” and showed a bunch of sheep in the middle of the road.  I thought it was a joke.

It was not!


Not only will you find sheep on the road, you’ll also find other, non-road worthy things.

I wonder if she thinks his tractor's sexy?
This is why Frank did most of the driving.  After his initial shock at driving in the wrong lane on the "passenger side," he soon proclaimed to “drive like the wind.”

As for me?  I did pull the car into the driveway once.

Even me being behind the wheel in the driveway
is probably a little dangerous!

Total Cost: About $200 for a rental car for a week

Best Deal: Here’s the not best deal - gas is about $7.34/gallon according to this article

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