Safety advice for motorists


When you are driving a car, being aware of the various dangers on the road, your own driving style and your obligations as a road user will help to ensure that you travel safely.

Before you drive you must ensure that the car is insured, taxed and the NCT test for the car has been completed and all discs are displayed on the windscreen. You must also hold a driving licence to drive a car. Check all lights and indicators and make sure your windscreen is clean and free from anything that might obstruct your vision. Check to make sure your horn is working.

When driving you should:

  • Drive at a speed appropriate to the road and weather conditions, the volume of traffic present and the likelihood of hazards. Speed limits are the maximum speed you can drive at on a stretch of road in good conditions.
  • Never drink and drive. Alcohol affects your judgement, vision, co-ordination and reaction time.
  • Wear your seatbelt. Every passenger in the car is also required by law to wear a seatbelt.
  • Take a break from driving if you feel tired – a nap of 15 to 20 minutes can help.
  • Never use a hand held mobile phone. Any distraction when driving can be dangerous.
  • Use your dipped headlights to see and be seen if visibility is poor.
  • Only use fog lights when there is fog or falling snow. Switch them off when conditions improve.

You can find road safety information for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on the Garda Síochána website.

Page edited: 1 April 2014