7 Facts about Driving in Ireland

1. The drink driving limit in Ireland is 50mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, however for “specified drivers” including learner and novice drivers, a lower limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood applies.

2. It is illegal to drive and use a mobile phone. If caught, you’ll have to pay €80 and receive 3 penalty points on your licence.

3. Speed limits and modern road signs are designated in kilometres per hour (km/h).

7 Facts about Driving in Ireland

4. Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.

5. Horns are not to be used between 11.30pm and 7am.

6. The minimum age for driving a car in Ireland, providing you hold a full Irish / UK licence is 17.

7. Car insurance is compulsory and comes in two basic types. The biggest difference between the two is that one protects you and your car in an accident, the other doesn't. But it's not quite that simple, so here's a quick overview of what's covered.

Comprehensive car insurance includes:

  • Repair or replacement of your car if it is damaged or stolen
  • Protection against injury to you or other people
  • Protection against damage to other peoples' cars and property
  • Windscreen repair or replacement
  • Cover if your car stereo is damaged or stolen

Third party fire and theft car insurance includes:

  • Protection against damage to other peoples' cars and property - but not your own
  • Protection against injury to other people
  • Repair or replacement of your car if it is stolen or damaged by fire

A car insurance policy with BoxyMo.ie means you will be covered for both as standard. BoxyMo.ie does not offer Third Party, Fire and Theft cover separately. Full details of cover is detailed in our policy wording.


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About BoxyMo


BoxyMo.ie is Ireland's first telematics dedicated insurer. This new concept is simple, we fit a telematics device, known as “BoxyMo” to your car. BoxyMo will then tell us how you drive and how far you drive. In addition to this “BoxyMo” will show you each month how to improve your driving and reduce your insurance costs. read more...


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