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Driving in Cork

Driving in a new country can be daunting. These tips offer insight into what to expect when driving in Cork.
Driving in Cork

1. Understanding the Driving Side

First and foremost, remember that in Ireland, you drive on the left side of the road. This can be a bit confusing for those who are used to driving on the right side. It’s important to stay focused, especially at intersections and roundabouts, until you get used to this change.

2. Car Recommendation

Compact cars are recommended for driving in Cork. The roads can be narrow and winding, especially in rural areas, so a smaller car can be easier to handle. Also, parking spaces can be tight in the city, so a smaller car will be more convenient.

3. Parking in Cork

Finding parking in Cork can be challenging, especially during peak hours. However, there are several car parks available throughout the city. Parking fees vary, but generally, it can be considered moderately expensive. It’s advisable to check the parking rules and rates in your specific area.

4. Driving with an International License

Yes, a foreigner can drive in Ireland using an international driving permit (IDP) along with their foreign driving license. This is valid for up to 12 months. After this period, you will need to apply for an Irish driving license.

5. Getting an Irish Driving License

To get an Irish driving license, you will need to pass a driver theory test, complete a course of Essential Driver Training (EDT) with an approved driving instructor, and then pass your driving test. You can apply for a learner permit to practice driving before your test. Note that the process can be lengthy, so it’s advisable to start as soon as possible after your arrival.

6. Be Prepared for Weather Conditions

Weather in Ireland can be unpredictable and can change quickly. Be prepared for rain and fog, which can affect visibility. Always adjust your driving according to the weather conditions.

7. Familiarize Yourself with Local Traffic Rules

Before you start driving in Cork, familiarize yourself with the local traffic rules. This includes understanding road signs, speed limits, and rules for roundabouts, which are common in Ireland. Also, remember that seat belts are mandatory for all passengers.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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