Well done to Aisha McAuliffe & Mark Lynes on winning the RSA Leading Lights Award, they were presented with their award in Dublin on Wedneday last, Dec14th. they following is an article explaining their project.
Take Care! Be Internationally Road Aware.By Mark Lynes and Aisha McAuliffe
Work began on this project in September of 2015. After having a very poor experience while driving abroad with my Dad we came to the hypothesis, is this the same for tourists who rent a car while visiting Ireland? That’s where we started.
We devised a comprehensive questionnaire in relation to the information that tourists receive before taking to our roads.We sent this questionnaire to 18 car rental companies from the 4 main airports in Ireland (Cork, Shannon, Dublin, Knock) all of which replied. Only 4% of our questions were left unanswered and some of the results we got were quite astonishing. 85% of tourists who rent a car in Ireland do not receive information about the differences in our road signs in comparison to theirs, this would be especially dangerous in Gaeltacht areas where the signs are “as Gaeilge”.
We gathered an abundance of more information, facts and figures from other road-related case studies, the RSA website, County Councils, Fáilte Ireland etc. All of this came together in our report book which got us a Highly Commended Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, an internship from Europcar, where we wrote a Blog, and an article in the Irish Examiner amongst other successes. Our project highlights the significant need to provide more information about driving in Ireland to tourists in an attempt to reduce confusion which has a knock on effect to reducing accidents.
Of course we had great help in the making of this project; our teacher, Mr. Derry O’ Donovan constantly supervised and critiqued our work and was always there to help us. Aisha’s family, especially her dad Ben who helped us with the writing of the report book, Mark’s family, especially his sister Amy who also helped with the writing of the report book and to all of the car rental companies who provided us with the backbone of information for our project.
We are delighted to be chosen as the winner in the Education-Secondary Category of the Leading Lights in Road Safety Award from the RSA in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.