RSA issue road safety alert
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to remain cautious while using the roads, as Met Éireann warn that further severe winds are due to hit Ireland over the next several days.
Met Éireann has issued a level orange alert to begin tomorrow morning, Friday from 9am until midnight. Strong and gusty south to southwest winds will develop countrywide during Friday, reaching mean speeds of between 65 and 80km/h, gusting up to 110 to 130 km/h. Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.
The outlook remains changeable over the next several days with further showery and blustery weather forecast.
The RSA is appealing to road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:
• 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
• Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
• Drive with dipped headlights at all times
• Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling
Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;
• 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
For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.