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Motorists warned about hailstones as gardaí attend number of crashes

Drivers on motorways in particular have been advised to be vigilant.

Gardaí at the scene of a collision on the M7 yesterday, where a person had to be airlifted to hospital as precaution
Gardaí at the scene of a collision on the M7 yesterday, where a person had to be airlifted to hospital as precaution

GARDAÍ HAVE WARNED motorists to take extra caution on roads over the Easter weekend.

Met Éireann has said a hail and thunder risk will persist today and over the weekend.

An Garda Síochána said 36 vehicles were involved in 12 incidents between 2pm and 8pm yesterday. One person had to be airlifted to hospital as a precaution after a collision on the M7.

Gardaí warned that there may be treacherous driving conditions as a result of the weather.

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said: “Hail showers pose significant risks to road users, particularly on motorways.

“Drivers on motorways need to be vigilant and ready to stop when and if necessary, and they need to be able to stop the vehicle safely in order to avoid collisions.

Hail showers have resulted in multi-vehicle crashes recently. Please drive to the conditions, reduce your speed and increase your braking distance.

If you find yourself caught in a sudden downpour of hailstones, here are some tips:

  • Reduce your speed without using your brakes
  • Use your headlights
  • Increase your braking distance
  • If necessary, warn other drivers with your hazard warning lights
  • Avoid sudden steering movements or braking suddenly

The Road Safety Authority has made the below video about what to do if you encounter a sudden shower of hailstones on the road:

Source: RSA Ireland/YouTube

Read: The weather for the Easter weekend is going to be wintry, blustery and frosty

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