Respecting other road users
This section is aimed at motor vehicle drivers and builds on the information in the Good driving practice section.
The vehicle does not have greater right-of-way than any other road user, so, for safety reasons, you should drive defensively. This means expecting the unexpected and making way for other road users when necessary.
Some of the actions you might need to take in normal conditions include:
making way for an ambulance, fire engine or Garda vehicle,
watching and stopping for children emerging from between cars, and
waiting until a vehicle has started its left-hand turn before you emerge from a side road.
To make sure all road users are safe, be aware of your responsibilities towards:
pedestrians, children, older people, people with disabilities and wheelchair users,
cyclists and motorcyclists, and
any animal traffic on the road.
This helps drivers to become safer and more socially responsible, not only to themselves, but to their families and other road users.