I have a German driving licence. To obtain this I had to take 20 hours of lessons from a trained driving instructor, including driving at night and on a motorway. I also had to attend a set number of classes on driving theory.
Despite this, I have often found myself in dangerous situations in Ireland due to poor road signage, markings or layout.
The most frightening incident happened about a year ago on the N8. Coming off the M7 at the Portlaoise roundabout, turning left for Cork, there was no indication that I was now on a two-way system. The presence of metal barriers on both sides of the road led me to believe I was still on the motorway.
I was just about to overtake a truck when I saw traffic coming towards me. The metal barriers should not be the same as those on a motorway; arrows should be painted on the road to indicate two-way traffic.
All that’s needed is commonsense, and it wouldn’t cost a fortune.