our little rental car

by | Dec 4, 2008 | Travel

One of my concerns about driving in Ireland was the whole driving on the right side of the car and the left side of the road thing. What I should have been concerned with was the width of the roads and the completely unrealistic speed limits.

I mentioned more than once to Eric that I finally understood the term speed limit.

Picking up the rental car took a while and frankly, I think they gave us our car because we were American.

rental car damage form

See all those “x”s? The front left hubcap was missing, the front left mirror was busted, there was a huge scrape along the front left quarter panel as well as scratches and dings all over the place. Even the windshield had a small chip in it!

To be honest, I probably would have lost the hubcap sometime during our three days anyway and I’m not entirely sure all the dents in the rim were there before. So, it’s safe to say I didn’t feel too badly about the condition of the car. The brakes on the other hand, while they never failed, certainly sounded like they were on their last breath.

The roads were very, very narrow in places and Eric even noticed a few hedges with a swath missing at side view mirror height. It was often a stone wall on one side or oncoming traffic at 100kph on the other side, so it made for some hair-raising experiences.

Thankfully, I couldn’t go anywhere without being reminded to drive on the left!

drive on left!

In the end, I would totally do it again. :)

Tagged with: car rental | Hertz | Ireland

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