Safety advice for motorists


When you are driving a car, you can help to ensure you travel safely by being aware of the various dangers on the road, the way you drive and your obligations as a road user.

Before you drive you must ensure:

Check all lights and indicators and make sure your windscreen is clean and free from anything that might obstruct your vision. Check your horn is working.

When driving you should:

  • Drive at a speed appropriate to the road and weather conditions, the volume of traffic 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 or take drugs and drive. Alcohol and drugs affect your judgement, vision, co-ordination and reaction time.
  • Wear your seatbelt. By law, every passenger in the car must also 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 website of An Garda Síochána.

Page edited: 24 May 2019