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Dublin: 19 °C Sunday 31 May, 2020

Road Safety Authority urges caution while driving in stormy weather

If you’re reading this while driving, we advise you to pull over.

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THE ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY has urged road users to take extra care today as Met Éireann warns of further widespread gales and high Atlantic waves causing some flooding in coastal areas.

Another orange alert was issued this morning with warnings of gale force winds with gusts of between 90 km per hour and 120 km per hour.

The RSA advised members of the public to check weather reports and heed any advice from local councils and gardaí regarding road conditions.

As the poor weather can create hazardous conditions, the RSA has the following tips for drivers:

  • It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front;
  • Take special care when driving behind trucks or buses as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility;
  • Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road and the reaction of other road users;
  • Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.
  • Be mindful of Aquaplaning on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Aquaplaning occurs where the tyre thread fill with water and the driver is at risk of losing control of the vehicle;
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. If you do drive through it, so so slowly.

And a couple for pedestrians:

  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt;
  • Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

Stay safe, folks.

Read: Met Éireann extends weather warning as wind picks up across country>

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