1. On which side of the road should I drive in Cork?
In Cork, as in the rest of Ireland, vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road and overtaken from the right.
2. What is the common speed limit on Cork's roads?
The speed limit in urban areas is typically 50km/h, while on national roads it's 100km/h and on motorways it's 120km/h, unless otherwise indicated.
3. Is an international driving licence required to drive in Cork?
Foreign drivers holding a licence from Member States of the EU and European Economic Area don't need an International Driving Permit. Yet, drivers from outside the EU might require an International Driving Permit along with their current driving licence.
4. Are there many speed cameras in Cork?
Speed cameras, also known as 'Safety Cameras', are quite common in Cork and are usually set up in locations where they can improve road safety by reducing speed-related accidents.
5. What about toll roads when driving across the country?
There are several toll roads throughout Ireland - fees vary depending on the type of vehicle. Payment methods include cash, credit or debit card, and electronic toll collection system.
6. What common driving rules should I respect in Cork?
Apart from observing the speed limits and driving on the left, you must also comply with road signing, never park on a yellow line, and stop for school buses offloading children. At roundabouts, give way to vehicles coming from the right.
7. Where are designated parking areas for campervans in Cork?
There are special designated parking spots for campervans across the city. For overnight parking, it is best to use campsites.
8. How congested can traffic be in Cork's city centre?
Like any city, Cork can get quite congested, especially during rush hours in the morning and evening. It is recommended to avoid these hours if possible, or plan your schedule accordingly.
9. What's the ruling on zebra crossings?
At Zebra crossings, pedestrians have right of way over motor vehicles, including campervans. Always stop if you see someone waiting to cross the road.
10. How do emergency vehicles operate in Cork?
When an emergency vehicle approaches with sirens or flashing lights, pull over to the left as far as you can safely do so and allow it to pass.
11. How are intersections handled in Cork?
Intersections in Cork operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Vehicles already on the roundabout have the right of way.
12. What should I do if my campervan breaks down?
If your campervan breaks down, safely pull off the road as much as possible. Use reflective triangles or warning beacons to alert fellow road users. In the event you cannot fix the issue, call for professional road assistance.
13. Are there certain areas where driving a campervan is restricted?
Driving restrictions in certain city centres, narrow roads and low bridges may apply to campervans due to their size, weight and height. Always look for signage indicating any restrictions.
14. Can I use domestic appliances in my campervan while driving?
For safety reasons, it is not recommended to use domestic appliances such as a kettle or stove while the campervan is in motion. Wait until you have safely parked before using these appliances.
15. Are there certain areas in Cork and surrounding regions where it's best to avoid driving a campervan due to the terrain?
Some rural parts of Ireland can have narrow, winding roads which can be challenging for larger vehicles like campervans. Always be aware of your surroundings, plan your route accordingly and drive to the conditions.