The rules of the road are for all road users - drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists. You must have a satisfactory knowledge of these rules to get a driving licence, but learning about road safety doesn't stop once you pass a driving test. It takes a lifetime. You need to constantly update your skills and knowledge and be aware of changes to road traffic laws. This is why you should understand and obey these rules whether you are learning to drive or have been driving for many years.
By knowing the rules of the road, practising good driving skills aand generally taking care as a road user, you will help to play a vital role in preventing a crash. You will also be making road safety policies more effective.
A number of skills are expected of road users, especially drivers:
the ability to act responsibly
the ability to foresee and react to hazards
a good level of driving expertise
Road users are also expected to have a positive and considerate attitude to each other, and particularly to vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists pedestrians, children, people with disabilities and older people.
In the interest of road safety, be aware of the importance of gaining a good knowledge of The Rules of the Road Booklet and putting that knowledge to good practice.
The overall aim of The Rules of the Road Booklet is to promote safety, good driving practice and courtesy in using our roads according to the law. It is an interpretation of the law from a road safety view. If you have a query you should check the legislation or ask a Garda. It covers the road traffic laws currently in force, but it will be updated regularly in the future to take account of new laws.
Important: Road safety policies and laws will work only with the support of all road users. If you do not obey road traffic law, you could face a fine, penalty points or a conviction in court. You might also be disqualified from driving and in some cases have to serve a prison term.
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