Five Tips for Dealing with Hay Fever when Driving
Jul06

Five Tips for Dealing with Hay Fever when Driving

For almost one in five people in Ireland summer time is hay fever season so here are some tips for dealing with Hay Fever when driving writes Geraldine Herbert Driving with a runny nose, headache and constant sneezing is not only annoying but it could be dangerously distracting as it can take your attention off the road. Plus, hay fever season can mean less sleep at night so sufferers are often already more tired than usual. Ensure...

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The causes and cures for car sickness
Jul01

The causes and cures for car sickness

  Car sickness can turn an eagerly awaited family trip into a nightmare and occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ears, eyes and nerves writes Geraldine Herbert   While it is a fairly common experience for children ages 2 to 12 there are some ways that it can be eased or even prevented Distraction is often the best cure so encourage children to focus on things outside the car avoiding...

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Tips for driving in the countryside
Jun29

Tips for driving in the countryside

Too many of us drive too fast on country roads, oblivious to what could be lying just around the corner writes Geraldine Herbert  Slow down and expect the unexpected. You never know when you go round a bend what you might encounter from a cyclist to a broken down vehicle. Tractors & Farm Vehicles When overtaking, leave nothing to chance, take your time and be safe. Don’t start your manoeuvre until you know exactly how you...

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10 ways to keep children safe in and around cars
Jun22

10 ways to keep children safe in and around cars

There are some simple things we can do to help keep children safe writes Geraldine Herbert. Be Aware – All too often children are hurt or die because drivers simply didn’t see them. From schools to residential driveways and quiet back streets always be aware that children are around. Reversing – Before you back out of your driveway ensure your children are being supervised. Leaving your window wound down while reversing out of a...

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Clamping: How to appeal
Jun17

Clamping: How to appeal

Can you appeal a clamping and is it worth making the effort asks Geraldine Herbert Here’s what you need to know Reasons for clamping If your vehicle causes a hazard or obstruction, e.g. on a clearway If your vehicle is illegally parked, e.g. on a double yellow line. If the time allowed on a Pay-and-Display ticket (max. 3 hours) has expired. All signs in a car park have to be clearly readable, “in plain language”, clean and in...

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Driving in Thunderstorms
Jun15

Driving in Thunderstorms

Much of the country is braced for thunderstorms, gusty winds and torrential downpours as Met Eireann has issued  yellow and orange warnings writes Geraldine Herbert Driving in Thunderstorms 1) Slow down, due to the dangerous driving conditions. 2) Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility. 3) Allow extra space between you and cyclists and...

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