The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads as Met Éireann have issued Orange and Yellow weather warnings for strong winds.
An Orange weather warning is in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick from 16:00 tomorrow (Friday) until 05:00 Saturday. Southerly winds, later veering north-westerly will reach speeds of 65-80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h.
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A Yellow weather warning is also in place for Connacht, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal, Tipperary and Waterford from 11pm tomorrow (Friday) until 09:00 Saturday. Southerly winds will veer north-westerly and reach speeds of 50-65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.
The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
The RSA has the following advice for road users:
- Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Expect the unexpected.
- Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
- Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
- Drivers should allow extra space allow between themselves and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
- Drive with dipped headlights at all times.
Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists;
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
- Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
When driving in wet conditions, drivers are reminded that;
- 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 goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility.
- Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists.
- Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h.
- Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3 mm.
- Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility to ensure you are seen by other motorists.