As Lent gets underway today, motorists are being urged to make small changes and given up their bad driving habits for Lent.

Mayo County Council's Road Safety office says, rather than giving up chocolate or crisps, giving up bad habits such as speeding and tailgating could save lives.

34 people have died on Irish roads so far this year - that's 10 more than this time last year, according to Gardai.

Speeding, texting while driving or using the phone, driving without a seatbelt, and driving too close to other vehicles are some of the bad habits that drivers could give up, according to the Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons.

He also says an increasing problem in Mayo is drivers failing to stop at the Stop signs at junctions.

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