Ireland is a gorgeous place to take a motor tour. Rightly called the Emerald Isle, there are beautiful drives by the ocean, rolling mountains, ancient castles, and famous places. But it is easy to forget that even though it is very like Great Britain, it is the Republic of Ireland and there are differences. Your regular breakdown cover might not be effective there, but it is a simple matter to add coverage.
A Few Things to Pack
Unlike some of the European countries, you won’t get fined in Ireland for not having certain items in your vehicle. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good thing to have along.
A helpful kit to have in your vehicle could include:
- Your driving license
- All papers for your vehicle, including insurance papers
- Cell phone
- A cell phone charger that works off vehicle battery or a charged power stick
- Two triangular safety signs (to put out to warn motorists that you are having a problem)
- A large flashlight
- A GB sticker, noting the origin of your vehicle
- A fire extinguisher
- High visibility vests for each passenger – just in case you need to move away from the vehicle
- A first aid kit
- Drinking water
- Emergency blanket
These items can be good things to have along even if you are stranded for only a few hours. Being stuck somewhere thirsty, hungry or cold is no fun. A fire extinguisher is wonderful if your vehicle catches fire. The high visibility vests help keep you safe as you put out the signs or check your car or truck. The GB sticker helps identify the country of origin for the vehicle.
Driving in Ireland
If you are used to driving in England, the mechanics of driving in Ireland will be familiar. Drivers stay to the left side of the road. Speed limits are posted in kilometers rather than in miles, the traffic light goes from red to green. Yellow lights indicate that a red light is about to happen. You should also be prepared for toll roads.
Talk to Your Agent
Before you set out on a motor vacation, talk to your insurance agent. He or she can help you plan your itinerary, and assist with making sure that you have the right insurance for all parts of your trip. Since insurance requirements can vary in different countries, your agent can help you be sure that your insurance will be effective in each place that you travel.
A Friendly Voice
One of the big features of travel in a foreign country is the ability to speak with someone who is skilled at speaking the same language as you. While English is spoken in Ireland, your telephone contact will be able to help you with that esoteric language that seems to be the lingua franca of auto mechanics everywhere. He or she will be able to help with locating a roadside service, finding a tow truck or even a place to stay overnight or longer if your vehicle needs extensive repairs. Your agent will help connect you with the nearest garage that can work on your car and perhaps even dicker for the best deals on repairs.
Breakdown Insurance Wherever You Travel
Whether you are driving along the roads of your home area or taking in the beautiful sights in Ireland or another country, breakdown insurance cover can help take the stress out of your motor vacation. That leaves you with nothing to worry about other than whether to visit a castle, find a good pub, or locate a hiking trail for a picnic.