If you’re travelling to Ireland and planning to see as much as possible while you’re there, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to take after reading this article.
Chill has released an infographic after surveying 650 Irish people, and if you’re wondering how safe it is to drive in Ireland, the numbers are not looking good.
For many travellers, it’s likely that you’ll be driving on the opposite side of the road to the one at home. You may also be driving a stick shift, and for many Americans, this is sometimes something that you may not be used to. Roads are narrow in some parts of Ireland, and while the weather has contributed to gorgeous green colours throughout the country, it has also damaged roads on some of the most famous drives.
Many people fail to get insurance when they’re travelling, as they assume that they’re covered since many credit card companies will offer a basic insurance plan with their insurance. The problem? The majority of people also fail to read the PDS that comes with this insurance plan, have no idea how to make a claim, are unsure what they’re covered for (it’s usually far less than you’d think), and don’t know what their policy number is, or how to get in touch with the company in the event of an incident or emergency.
For others, they choose to “self-insure”, reasoning that they’re unlikely to get into an accident and deciding that they’ll pay for any damage in the event that they have a problem overseas.
If you’re one of these people, the recent survey and infographic based on the opinions and accident rates of people in Ireland may change your mind.
Did you know that in the past 5 years, 34% of drivers in Ireland have had an accident on the road? This may be due to the fact that almost a quarter of drivers have less than 5 years of driving experience, and only 9% have been driving for more than 20 years. When you have a population that’s low on driving experience, you can definitely expect that you’ll be seeing high rates of accidents within this population, and it could definitely account for the 68% of drivers who are worried about their safety while they’re driving in Ireland.
Dublin is the most dangerous county, and when it comes to the most dangerous roads, there are three that were voted to be significantly dangerous. Unfortunately, they’re also incredibly beautiful, so if you do decide to drive them, be careful and make sure you have insurance for the trip.
19% of Irish respondents said the the Cliffs of Moher is the most dangerous drive, and the roads have been collapsing in some places due to landslides. 13% said they’re most worried about Old military road, while 11% said the Gap of Dunloe is the most deadly.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t drive on these roads, however you should exercise extreme care and watch out for hazards and other drivers.