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Old Feb 27th 2006, 2:00 pm
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Well actually its irish advice, but most of it still applies...

Never mind penalty points - this is what you need to know
about driving in Ireland

1. Indicators will give away your next move. A confident
Irish driver avoids using them.

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance
between you and the car in front of you, because somebody
else will fill in the space, putting you in an even more
dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less chance
you have of getting hit.

4. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive
bodywork, especially with OY, MO or MH plates. With no
insurance, the other operator probably has nothing to lose.

5. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to
ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot
massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of
you without ABS, it's a chance to strengthen your leg
muscles.

6. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the left.
It's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the
motorway.

7. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a
suggestion and are not enforceable in Ireland during rush
hour.

8. Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or
even someone changing a tyre. This is seen as a sign of
respect for the victim.

9. Learn to swerve abruptly without signalling. Ireland is
the home of high-speed slalom driving thanks to the
Department of Public Works, which puts potholes in key
locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them alert!

10. It is tradition in Ireland to honk your horn at cars in
front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the
light turns green.

11. To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover,
it is important to exit your vehicle through the windscreen
right away. Wearing your seat belt will only impede your
hi-velocity escape from danger.

12. Remember that the goal of every Irish driver is to get
ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary.

13. WARNING! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
No one expects it and it will result in you being
rear-ended.
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Old Feb 27th 2006, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
Well actually its irish advice, but most of it still applies...

Never mind penalty points - this is what you need to know
about driving in Ireland

1. Indicators will give away your next move. A confident
Irish driver avoids using them.

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance
between you and the car in front of you, because somebody
else will fill in the space, putting you in an even more
dangerous situation.

3. The faster you drive through a red light, the less chance
you have of getting hit.

4. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive
bodywork, especially with OY, MO or MH plates. With no
insurance, the other operator probably has nothing to lose.

5. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to
ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving a vigorous, foot
massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. For those of
you without ABS, it's a chance to strengthen your leg
muscles.

6. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the left.
It's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the
motorway.

7. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a
suggestion and are not enforceable in Ireland during rush
hour.

8. Always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or
even someone changing a tyre. This is seen as a sign of
respect for the victim.

9. Learn to swerve abruptly without signalling. Ireland is
the home of high-speed slalom driving thanks to the
Department of Public Works, which puts potholes in key
locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them alert!

10. It is tradition in Ireland to honk your horn at cars in
front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the
light turns green.

11. To avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover,
it is important to exit your vehicle through the windscreen
right away. Wearing your seat belt will only impede your
hi-velocity escape from danger.

12. Remember that the goal of every Irish driver is to get
ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary.

13. WARNING! Never come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
No one expects it and it will result in you being
rear-ended.
lol most of the above applies here
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Bit like driving here in Jersey. Don't you just love it when you indicate to pull over and half a dozen cars stop bumper to bumper behind you?
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl
Bit like driving here in Jersey. Don't you just love it when you indicate to pull over and half a dozen cars stop bumper to bumper behind you?
Thats like driving in CT every man for themself..I have seen some Stupid manouvres I tell you I don't know how they get there licence. and I am sure every day is sunday here
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Originally Posted by nottsinCT
Thats like driving in CT every man for themself..I have seen some Stupid manouvres I tell you I don't know how they get there licence. and I am sure every day is sunday here
The only thing i don't like about the driving over here is the whole "accelerate at full speed, then slam on the brakes" thing. I guess its because everyone drives an automatic, but there are a lot of very heavy right feet in action.

The other stuff is just funny - or at least it is until i get in a wreck.

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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
.or at least it is until i get in a wreck.
Theres a certain humor involved in that too!
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Theres a certain humor involved in that too!
Humor ????
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Humor ????
sorry, my mistake.. humour
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sorry, my mistake.. humour
Don't sell out on us now matey
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
The only thing i don't like about the driving over here is the whole "accelerate at full speed, then slam on the brakes" thing. I guess its because everyone drives an automatic, but there are a lot of very heavy right feet in action.

The other stuff is just funny - or at least it is until i get in a wreck.
I have just had a telephone interview and the one thing that puts me off is there seems to be a fair amount of driving in job. Is it just cos I steered clear of motorways or am I right in thinking you did you not generally need to know your north from your south when driving in UK?
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Originally Posted by BigDavyG
Humor ????
Driving is pretty crazy here. It's also extremely common for people to admit to being in a "wreck", or tales of when they "wrecked a car". Back home, most people I know have been involved in various bumps and scrapes...but wrecks are definitely a rarity. It chills me to think how common and accepted they are over here.

Similarly, and with no exageration here, I see at least one wreck or pile up per week on my journeys to and from work.

The main problem seems to stem from urgency. Everyone is in a rush to get somewhere, and getting to their destination a few minutes early seems to come at the expense of safety, consideration and common sense.

Indicators are seldome used, cars change lanes with little to no warning, vehicles scuttle and weave like fleeing beetles, cars honk at the slightest delay...it's only a matter of time before before such impatience and intolerance leads to a serious accident.
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Don't sell out on us now matey
Clearly i've not been missed..
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Clearly i've not been missed..
I did wonder where you were - I just assumed you went into hiding to dodge our Neil Entwhistle bet.
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I did wonder where you were - I just assumed you went into hiding to dodge our Neil Entwhistle bet.
He will get the chair - and you shall remain Gort-less forever young man.
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Originally Posted by CarlM
Clearly i've not been missed..
I've missed you!!! I did notice you weren't around. Where have you been?
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