RSA warning following heavy rainfall and winds: slow down!

by Rose Barrett
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While Met Eireann predicts rain will clear away to the northeast this evening with scattered showers following. It will be windy, with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds veering southwesterly and easing towards nightfall. Localised flooding, heavy rain and windy conditions can made driving and walking hazardous.

Following five deaths on Irish roads over the weekend, gardaí and the RSA warn drivers, cyclist and pedestrians to be especially careful during the wet spell.

While Yellow and Orange Status warnings were issued to counties in Munster and Leinster, Dublin escaped the heaviest rainfall.

A survey is to be carried out in a bid to prevent flooding along the N11/M11 area

But the Road Safety Association (RSA) remind drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to slow down on wet and flooded roads. This is especially important on high speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning.

The organisation warned motorists to take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility, hold back to where you can see their mirrors.

“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. The verge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible,” it warned.

“After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.”

The basic rules of ‘Be Safe. Be Seen’ apply. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike, consider wearing high visibility material.

Again, Be Safe. Be Seen – visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material.

Tomorrow, for Dublin Met Eireann predicts it will be bright and breezy with sunny spells. There will be some isolated showers in the morning, but becoming mostly dry in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 16 to 18 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty south to southwesterly winds.

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