Here are some top tips from our experts, friends and colleagues:
Move your seat so that your driving position is comfortable and set the air at a reasonable temperature. Try and make sure you leave plenty of time for your journey and leave yourself a large margin of error for delays due to bad weather.
Check your mirrors at least once every ten seconds, know what cars and pedestrians are around you and always be planning a way out if a situation turns dangerous.
Bad manners on the road can drive you to distraction so try to distance yourself from the situation to avoid getting angry and making a mistake.
Don't let traffic jams or road works annoy you. There is nothing you can do about it so just listen to the radio and take lots of CDs in the car. Make sure you have things to eat and drink and have things for your passengers to do.
Listening to music or the radio through a good audio system is still probably one of the best ways to stay relaxed behind the wheel.
Satnavs are a great addition to any car. The latest models have lots of great features, such as indicating points of interest along your journey and estimated times of arrival, alternative routes, etc.
Before you go anywhere, check your levels of oil, water and especially your tyres.
Check that all your lights are working, especially the brake lights. This is easy to do - use reflections or do it after dark if no one's about to help you.
Make sure you have enough screen wash and that your headlights are nice and clean.
If you're even slightly worried about your car completing the journey, then don’t ask it to. A hire car is a lot cheaper than towing your car all the way back home.
If you're planning to drive a long way to your destination or even to go on a driving holiday, work out your route in advance and make sure you have the relevant maps. If you plan to use a satnav, make sure it works wherever it is you're travelling, as some only have certain pre-loaded maps.
In France, for example, drivers must carry a high-visibility vest in their vehicles. In Vienna, it's illegal to use your car horn while it’s against the law to run out of fuel on an autobahn in Germany.
Your 123.ie insurance policy will cover you in most EU countries for up to 30 days but make sure you let us know where and when you’re going as you need to contact us to extend your cover before you take your car with you.