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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in Northern Ireland > Northern Ireland Driving Information

Car Rental Northern Ireland: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
We here at Kemwel want to make sure our clients have the safest car rental experience in Northern Ireland. Below you will find detailed information pertaining to renting and operating a vehicle in North Ireland. If you have any questions regarding any of the information you find below, please feel free to contact our friendly staff at 1 877 820 0668 or email us at reservations@kemwel.com.

Requirements
In order to rent a vehicle in Northern Ireland you must be a minimum age of 21, however minimum age restrictions can vary depending on rental supplier. Many suppliers in Northern Ireland have a maximum rental age of 75 as well. Drivers who are between the ages of 21-24 and 70-75 maybe subject to an additional surcharge of approximately $15-$29 USD per day depending on the rental supplier. Children younger then 3 years are prohibited from traveling in the front seat and are required to be in a car seat appropriate to their size. Children who are between 3 and 12 years and smaller then 1.5 meters are required to use a car seat or safety belt and are permitted in the front seat of the vehicle. In Northern Ireland talking on a cell phone while driving is permitted only when a hands free device is being used.

Speed Limits
The standard legal speed limits in North Ireland are as follows: Highways 112 km/h (70mph), major roads1-lane 96 km/h (60mph), major roads 2-lane 112 km/h (70mph)

Rules of the Road
In Northern Ireland vehicles are required to travel on the left side of the street. When on a highway in Northern Ireland vehicles are required to travel in the left hand lane and pass on the right.

Gas and Diesel
Many of the gas stations throughout Northern Ireland are open from 7am until 11pm, however some stations located on the highway are open 24hrs. International credit cards are a widely accepted form of payment at most stations.

Tolls
Tolls are charge on various motorways throughout Northern Ireland.

Parking
Most cites in Northern Ireland have parking meters usually with a 2 hour parking limit. Pay-and-display parking areas are also popular, meaning you have to purchase a ticket and display it on the vehicle dashboard while parking.

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 Northern 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 Northern Ireland the following guidelines will apply:

Required Coverage
For rentals commencing in Northern Ireland third party liability and fire insurance are required. Kemwel includes both forms of insurance on all basic rental rates in Northern Ireland. Third party liability provides insurance coverage to people and property that may be injured or damaged outside of the rental vehicle. Fire insurance provides coverage to the rental vehicle in the event it is involved in a fire.

Optional Coverage
Collision damage waiver (CDW) and Theft protection are optional for rentals commencing in Northern Ireland. These two forms of insurance are included in all Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates in Northern Ireland. It is highly recommended that you purchase CDW and theft with Kemwel, as most credit cards will not cover rentals commencing in Northern Ireland. Most car rental suppliers will have a deductible ranging from $540 USD up to $1390 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 Northern Ireland the cost of super CDW can range from $14-$32 USD per day depending on supplier and car category. Personal Accident Insurance is available with some suppliers locally for a cost of $10-$20 USD per day depending on the car category.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most rental suppliers will allow select vehicles to travel into Southern Ireland, United Kingdom and most Western European countries. Additional surcharges are likely to apply to any vehicle being taken to the UK, continental Europe or southern Ireland. Not all vehicles categories are permitted.

Note: If planning to take a vehicle from Ireland to continental Europe it will be set up for left lane driving. Many countries in Europe drive on the right not the left like in Ireland and the UK.

Restricted Countries
Many of the vehicles rented in Northern Ireland can travel anywhere in Ireland without any restrictions. Some vehicle categories, due to insurance regulations may have limitations on travel in certain countries; these categories include luxury vehicles, large vans and automatics. We ask at this time for you take a moment to make sure the vehicle you are intending to rent is suitable for your travel needs.

One-Way Rentals
International one-ways are available to select locations in Southern Ireland for an additional fee. Domestic one-way rentals are also available and most have additional surcharges. Not all vehicles are permitted and minimum rental lengths may apply.


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Useful Terms

ATM
hole-in-the-wall
Battery
accumulator
Breakdown lane
lay-by
Convertible top
hood
Dashboard
fascia or facia
Fender
wing
Glove compartment
cubby box
Car hood
bonnet
Muffler
silencer
Outlet
power point
Overpass
flyover
Oil pan
sump
Parking lot
car park
Rotary
roundabout
Sedan
saloon
Tire
tyre
Traffic jam
tail back
Trailer
caravan
Truck
lorry
Trunk
boot
Tractor-trailer
articulated lorry or artic
Very large truck
juggernaut
Windshield
windscreen
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