Ireland’s overconfident drivers

Could you pass your driving test again? According to a survey by Carzone, 91% of Ireland’s motorists believe they could pass the test if they had to retake it, which seems like a case of severe overconfidence, given the distinct lack of indicator use, leaving safe distances, safe overtaking and checking blindspots on Irish roads today.

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Annoying motorway habits

Annoying motorway habits

According to a recent survey by easytrip, the thing that frustrates Irish motorists the most on the motorway is when people don’t use their indicators. If you ask me, that should be extended to every single road – for the most part indicators are either used sparingly or when the driver has already started making their turn, which really defeats their purpose.

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Cutting your car costs

Car costs

For most people, cars are essentially a money pit. They’re necessary to get from A to B, and yet they require fuel, maintenance, occasional repairs, tax and insurance – all of which adds up.

So how can you cut the cost of motoring?

Drive smooth, accelerate gently and use the highest and safest gear possible, as this will reduce your fuel consumption. If you’re approaching an orange or red light, ease off on the accelerator – you’re just going nowhere fast. Given the rising cost of fuel, the savings can be considerable.

This will be difficult for most people but, if possible, avoid driving during rush hour. It’s bad for your mood and bad for your wallet – continuous stopping and starting in traffic can require a lot of fuel.

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