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Car Rental Ireland: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
A cheap car rental from Kemwel in Ireland is the best way to explore this historic country at your leisure. However driving requirements, traffic rules and rental requirements can change drastically from country to country. Kemwel has compiled a list of important information in hopes to help you have the safest rental experience in Ireland as possible. If you have questions regarding any of the following information or have specific questions regarding your particular car rental please contact us toll free at 1 877 820 0668 and our friendly staff will be happy to help you in any way possible.

Many of the rental car suppliers that we work with in Ireland have minimum and maximum rental requirements. You must be at least 21 years old to rent a vehicle in Ireland and many suppliers have a maximum rental age ranging from 69-75 depending on the supplier. Drivers between the ages of 21-23 and 69-75 may incur an additional fee locally. You must have had your drivers license at least 1 year, however some rental suppliers require you to have had your license for at least 2 years. The use of a cell phone while driving is strictly prohibited unless using a hands free device.

Child Seats
Children between the ages of 4 and 12 years or smaller then 150 cm are prohibited from traveling in the front seat of the vehicle and need to be in a child seat. Infants and children up to the age of 3 must be in a child seat. All children who are required to be in a child seat need to be in a seat that is appropriate for their age and seat.

Speed Limits
Standard speed limits in Ireland: city 50 km/h, major roads 80 km/h and highways 120 km/h.

Rules of the Road
Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road and pass on the right. You are prohibited from using the horn of the vehicle between the hours of 11:30pm-7am

Gas and Diesel
Many of the gas stations throughout Ireland are open from 7am to 7pm, some 24hr stations can be found as well.

You will find tolls to use the East Link Bridge and West Link Bridge in Dublin as well as the M1 and M4 highways. The cost of the tolls can range from $2-12 USD depending on the vehicle category.

Disc parking is a popular in Ireland; you must display a timed parking disc on the vehicles dashboard that can be purchased from a disc machine in the area. Metered parking and parking garages can also be found throughout Ireland.

Insurance Information

General Information
When renting a car in an unfamiliar country it is always a good idea to find out what forms of insurance are required in the particular country you are traveling to as it can vary from country to country. The insurance guidelines of the country where you pick up the vehicle will be in effect for the duration of your rental even if the rental is returned to another country.

A car rental in Ireland through Kemwel will always include third party liability and fire insurance. Collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are optional and are included on our inclusive rental rates in Ireland. Specific details regarding the insurance on your car rental will print the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher. You may want to decline the CDW and theft protection in order to take advantage of coverage provided by your credit card, in this event please contact your credit card company to learn of the specifics of your coverage.

For rentals commencing in Ireland the following guidelines will apply:

Required Coverage
For car rentals commencing in Ireland fire and third party liability are mandatory. Kemwel has included these two forms of insurances on all rentals taking place in Ireland. Third party liability covers damages to people and property outside of the rental vehicle and with most suppliers will cover an unlimited amount. Fire insurance covers the rental vehicle in the event of a fire and with most rental suppliers covers an unlimited amount.

Optional Coverage
Collision damage waiver (CDW) and Theft protection are optional for rentals commencing in Ireland. These two forms of insurance are included in all Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates in Ireland. It is highly recommended that you purchase CDW and theft with Kemwel, as most credit cards will not cover rentals commencing in Ireland. Most car rental suppliers will have a deductible ranging from $1100 USD up to $3000 USD depending on the car category that you will still be responsible for in the event of collision or theft of the vehicle. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that can be purchased locally with many suppliers to help reduce the amount of the deductible. In Ireland the cost of super CDW can range from $14-$56 USD per day depending on supplier and car category. Personal Accident Insurance is available with some suppliers locally for a cost of $7-$9 USD per day depending on the car category.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most all of the vehicles rented in Ireland through Kemwel have no restriction from traveling anywhere in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Certain car categories including luxury vehicle, automatics and large vans may have travel restrictions due to insurance regulations.

Restricted Countries
Many vehicles rented in Ireland are permitted to travel into Northern Ireland provided the driver does not hold a North Ireland drivers license. Some specific suppliers will allow certain vehicle categories to travel to the UK, an additional fee will apply to vehicles traveling to the UK from Ireland and they must return to Ireland.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available; many will incur an additional surcharge. International one-way rentals are available to North Ireland only and an additional fee will apply. Not all vehicles are permitted and minimum rental lengths may apply.

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Breakdown lane
Convertible top
fascia or facia
Glove compartment
cubby box
Car hood
power point
Oil pan
Parking lot
car park
Traffic jam
tail back
articulated lorry or artic
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