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Dublin: 6°C Wednesday 1 December 2021

Here's how to avoid sliding all over the place in icy conditions tomorrow

Do you have that de-icer at the ready?

Image: snow wheel via Shutterstock

THE ROAD SAFETY Authority has issued advice to motorists on how to drive in icy conditions over the next two days.

Met Éireann has issued a weather warning, with forecasts of ‘wintry snows’ showers bringing snow to all areas tomorrow and Thursday.

Rain and freezing temperatures is a combination likely to cause headaches for motorists.

Conditions on the roads are expected to be at their worst tomorrow night.

So how can you prepare? The RSA advises that before you even get in your car…

  • Clear ice from all your windows and mirrors, and carry a screen scraper and de-icer with you in the car. Don’t use hot water as it may crack the glass.
  • Stick some anti-freeze screen washer in the water tank as well, and make sure your lights, tyres (including the spare one), tyre pressure, and wipers are all in order.
  • Snow should be removed from roof, as it could fall on your windscreen while braking, or fall off the back of the car, distracting other drivers.

Once you’re out on the road…

  • Move slowly and keep extra distance from the car in front. Get into the highest gear possible, as this will avoid wheel spin, but use a low-gear when travelling down hill. Drive with your dipped headlights on.
  • The RSA is also warning for drivers to be wary of black ice, which can appear as a ‘harmless puddle’, and is more likely to occur in sheltered areas.
  • If there’s freezing fog, turn off the radio and roll down your window slightly, so you will be able to hear approaching vehicles better.

Don’t drive, and walk to work instead? Be careful. Watch the video below. You already know what the video is going to be. Do we need to say more?

Source: greannmhar3/YouTube

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