Share the driving on long trips. Avoid driving at a time when you would normally
be sleeping. Power naps are a great idea - if tired or fatigued pull over and sleep
for 15 to 20 minutes. If you can share the driving with a passenger do so (change
drivers every 1.5 to two hours).
Leave a minimum two second gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
This equates to approximately eight car lengths when travelling at 60 km per hour,
12 car lengths at 80 km per hour and 16 car lengths at 100 km per hour. If towing,
driving a four wheel drive or if it’s raining you may require up to a four second
gap to be safe.
Never admit liability at the scene of an accident.
Obtain the name address and insurance details and registration number of any party
or vehicle involved.
If the incident involves injury to any person or animal you must inform the Gardai
as soon as practicably possible and in any case with 24 hours. In the event of a
minor material damage claim there is no requirement to obtain immediate Garda Attendance
and the carriageway should not remain obstructed.
If you have a camera or a camera phone take photographs of the position of any vehicles
involved in the incident, any damage done and other relevant.
Write down all details of what happened including details of any injuries or damage
as soon as possible afterwards while they are fresh in your memory.