Bad Driving Habits In Ireland

What Are The Most Common?


When behind the wheel we all tend to have our own unique driving habits. But are there any common habits that most of us are guilty of? Below, we take a look at some of the worst driving habits in Ireland.

Driving With Earphones

As it’s against the law to use your phone while driving, there may be a tendency to plug earphones into the phone in case of an incoming call. This can be an added distraction when driving as even though your hands are free, you’re still not paying full attention to the road and its surroundings.

Our advice is to wait until you’re no longer in your car before answering the phone. If you feel that the call is urgent, we suggest pulling safely to the side of the road and answering the phone when the car is parked and turned off.


Whether it’s eating your breakfast, having a coffee, putting on makeup, or smoking a cigarette, multitasking on the road is one of the worst driving habits and can lead to a serious accident. You may think you’re saving time by doing these everyday tasks on your commute, but you’re putting yourself and those around you at risk.

We suggest taking an extra few minutes to finish your breakfast, have your coffee or do your make up, before getting in your car.

Smoking behind the wheel is not only unhealthy and a bad habit, but it's extremely dangerous too. It's also worth noting that it's illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18, thanks to the Children and Families Act 2015.

Failing To Indicate

We’ve all been there, driving down the road and all of the sudden the car in front of you decides to take a sharp turn off without indicating. If you don’t tell people which direction you are going, how are they supposed to know? Failing to indicate is considered careless driving an can lead to serious road accidents, especially if the car in front decides to hit the brakes before turning.

If this sounds like one of your driving traits, it needs to be addressed. Next time you're in the car, we recommend testing yourself to make a conscious effort and indicate at every turn, even if there is no car behind you.


There’s nothing worse than having a driver right behind you during your entire journey. Tailgating is a terrible habit and is quite common in most cities around Ireland. For those who tailgate, they’re putting both themselves and those in front at serious risk as they’re not allowing enough space between the two cars. If the vehicle in front had to suddenly stop, the driver that's tailgating wouldn't have enough time to react, which could result in an accident.

When behind another car, drivers should apply the ‘two second rule’, meaning they should maintain a gap of at least two seconds from the vehicle in front. If the weather conditions are wet or frosty, it's advised to maintain a gap of four seconds from the vehicle in front.

Even if you're a perfect driver with no bad habits, you still will need to ensure you're protected in the unfortunate event of a car accident. At Chill, we work with some of Ireland's leading insurers who offer Fully Comprehensive, Third party and Third Party Fire and Theft policies. Call us today on 01 400 3400 or get a quick quote above and we'll find a policy that suits your needs.