Commercial Break: Irish motorists get back to basics

19 January 2011

Here’s an absolutely genuine, but mind-boggling road safety advert from Ireland. It shows you how to drive around a roundabout. No, really.

Now, call us naive, but if you’ve passed your driving test and are deemed fit to perambulate around the highways and byways in your automobile, then SURELY navigating a roundabout is within your basic capabilities.

Coming soon – more adverts where motorists are taught the difference between traffic lights and a pedestrian and another that shows you what to do if you want to stop the car for any particular reason.

Oh - and where can we get the amazing bulbs that the driver in the ad has in his rear indicators please?

TOPICS:   Motoring

17 comments

  • bigbadtiger
    "Now, call us naive, but if you’ve passed your driving test and are deemed fit to perambulate around the highways and byways in your automobile, then SURELY navigating a roundabout is within your basic capabilities." Not in my experience, regularly see drivers using the left lane too turn right or cutting me up because they don't bother to read road signs until the last possible second. And also why you get three lanes leading onto some roundabouts but only two on the exit?
  • Nick T.
    Yeah right. And how the heck are you supposed to do all that indicator stuff when you're on the phone? Duh!
  • David
    It doesn't mention looking right to see if you need to give way to other road users before driving off. Maybe the nobs I see on the roads every day have watched this.
  • Stu_
    Judging by the way that a lot of people drive in Britain, I'm not sure that passing a driving test makes you fit to be on the road. MAny Audi drivers for instance don't believe in giving priority to anyone.
  • Steve
    Yep, there are a lot of people here in the UK who need to see this.
  • MarkGrld
    Has anyone else been told that if your exit is after 12 o'clock on the sign take the right lane?
  • The B.
    [...] FREE DRIVING LESSON: Perfect if you want to learn to drive, or even if you just need a reminder on how to go around a roundabout properly. [...]
  • Carl
    @MarkGrid, yes I was told that, and was failed by my examiner for doing so.
  • bod
    A clue to most idiots out there...... It is called a roundabout.... stick to your lane and follow it .. it is not called a ThroughInTheMostDirectRouteAbout.... grrrr boils my pee..
  • MarkGrld
    @Carl I knew nothing about it until I started driving LGV and my instructor looked at me like I was an idiot for not knowing
  • Delenn
    @Bitterwallet. Take a look at boards.ie. On there, you will find many Irish people who say Irish people can't drive very well. Do some research before taking the ****.
  • brian
    Maybe it's for all the people from countries that drive on the other side of the road that have come here? I've seen really rubbish driving recently.
  • Commercial B.
    [...] Here at Bitterwallet, we’ve got the bit between our teeth this week when it comes to providing important information for confused motorists. Yesterday of course, we brought you an Irish road safety ad that calmly explained how to drive around a roundabout. [...]
  • Dick
    It is called a roundabout…. stick to your lane and follow it .. it is not called a ThroughInTheMostDirectRouteAbout…. So how do you get out of the inside lane of the roundabout?
  • Jamlid
    Reminds me of this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAgX6qlJEMc
  • Mr I.
    If only the fucker could read or understand the spoken word, then it may do some good......... As a Northern Ireland resident we are continually faced with these witless no brain sheep shagging inbreds invading our country and piliaging our shops and then driving on our roads. They have no fucking idea what a roundabout is, they have never seen a dual carriageway in their life either. These fuckers can drive a car on their own with a provisional license for 10 years, they just renew the provisional after 10 years and carry on. Thankfully they have to have different number plates so they stand out in traffic and you learn to give them a WIDE bearth.
  • delrio
    as much as i appreciate BW's experiment with fancy words, 'perambulate' is to do with walking. so you'd need a rather large automobile to perambulate in it. hence the perambulator (pram) - you walk with it OT, i can't wait to see what they cover next

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