I heard that the roads are very narrow. Will i have trouble staying on my side of the road?
The roads in Ireland have over the past few years improved dramatically. The goverment has spent millions of Euros on expnasion and pavement or roads and highways, making it much easier to drive. The country roads in small towns do get narrow, but a good rule of thumb is to always "hug the middle line."
If the steering wheel is on the right-hand side, is the stick shift then on the driver's left side?
Yes it is, but it still follows the basic H pattern that you're used to. The pedals are also the same. We recommend renting an automatic if you are uncomfortbale shifting with your left hand.
Why are the automatics more expensive?
Due to vehicle production costs and gas prices in Europe, manufacturers generally make more manual transmission 4-cylinder cars that are more gas-efficient and chepaer to manufacture in general. Since automatics are less common, they are more expensive to buy, therefore more expensive to rent.
Are the road signs confusing?
Ireland's roads are very easliy navigable and have excellent and clear road signs. It's a good idea however, to plan your route ahead of time. You can get a road map by calling or e-mailing our reservations office, and we will mail one to you. Our agents are all very familiar with the roads in Ireland and can assist you with any questions you may have.