1. Which side of the road should I drive on in Northern Ireland?
In Northern Ireland, you should drive on the left-hand side of the road.
2. What are the speed limits?
The speed limits in Northern Ireland vary depending on the type of road. In urban areas, the limit is typically 30mph (48km/h); for single carriageways, it's 60mph (96km/h); and for dual carriageways and motorways, it's 70mph (112km/h). Always pay attention to road signs as speed limits can change quickly.
3. Do I have to pay for toll roads?
There are currently no toll roads in Northern Ireland.
4. Where are service stations located?
Service stations are located along motorways and main roads throughout Northern Ireland. They provide fuel, food and other amenities.
5. Can I park my campervan anywhere?
It's generally not permitted to park your campervan anywhere, due to local bylaws. Designated car parks should be used where possible. Always check local signage for parking restrictions.
6. What type of driving licence do I need to drive a campervan in Northern Ireland?
You need a full, valid driving licence to drive a campervan in Northern Ireland. If your licence is not in English, you may also need an international driving permit.
7. Are there speed cameras?
Yes, there are both fixed and mobile speed cameras in Northern Ireland. These are used to enforce speed limits and help ensure road safety.
8. What are the main driving rules I should be aware of?
Like the UK, drive on the left side, always wear a seatbelt, don't use your mobile phone while driving unless it's hands-free, and follow the speed limits. Remember, it's legal to undertake a slow-moving vehicle on a multi-lane carriageway.
9. What is the penalty for speeding?
The penalty for speeding in Northern Ireland can range from a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence, to a court summons for serious offences.
10. Are Irish and UK driving licences valid in Northern Ireland?
Yes, both Irish and UK driving licences are valid in Northern Ireland.
11. How can I pay for fuel at service stations?
Most service stations in Northern Ireland accept debit and credit cards, as well as cash. Some may also have pay-at-pump facilities.
12. Are there many roundabouts in Northern Ireland roads?
Yes, roundabouts are quite common in Northern Ireland. The rule is to give way to traffic approaching from the right on the roundabout, unless road signs indicate otherwise.
13. What should I do in case of a breakdown?
If your campervan breaks down, try to move off the road if possible and call your hire company for assistance. You may also need to call breakdown services, depending on the severity of the problem.
14. What is the condition of the roads in Northern Ireland?
Generally, the condition of major roads and motorways in Northern Ireland is good. However, some rural and minor roads could be in poor condition and may have potholes. Watch out for signage indicating road conditions ahead.
15. Are children allowed to travel in a campervan?
Yes, children can travel in a campervan. A suitable child restraint must be used for children under 12 or those smaller than 135cm in height.