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As we enter the Weekend, it’s essential to remind ourselves of the importance of safe driving. With more people on the roads and increased traffic, it’s crucial to follow the rules of the road to prevent accidents and protect ourselves and others on the road.
Here are some tips for safe driving this weekend:
- Wear a seatbelt: Wearing a seatbelt is not only the law in Ireland, but it’s also one of the most effective ways to protect yourself in case of an accident. The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Children must use appropriate car seats or booster seats, depending on their age and weight.
- Stick to the speed limit: Speed limits are in place for a reason, and breaking them can have severe consequences. Stay within the designated speed limit, especially in built-up areas, and be aware of any changes in speed limits. Remember, the speed limit is a maximum, not a target.
- Avoid distractions: Distracted driving is a significant cause of accidents on the road. Avoid using your mobile phone or any other devices while driving, and always keep your eyes on the road. If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over to a safe place before doing so.
- Don’t drink and drive: Drinking and driving is illegal in Ireland, and it’s also incredibly dangerous. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver or use public transport to get home. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your driving ability, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Be mindful of other road users: It’s not just cars on the road, so be aware of other road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. Give them plenty of space, especially when overtaking, and always be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
- Keep your vehicle roadworthy: Regular vehicle maintenance is essential for safe driving. Ensure your car is roadworthy by checking the brakes, tyres, lights, and fluids regularly. Make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition, and your mirrors are adjusted correctly.
In summary, safe driving is essential to prevent accidents and protect yourself and others on the road. Follow these tips, to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend. Remember, you’re not just driving for yourself but also for everyone else on the road. Stay safe and drive responsibly.