Saturday 25 March 2017

Motorists reminded to remain on guard as thaw sets in

ROAD users were yesterday warned not to let their guard down as the thaw starts to melt the black ice and snow.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and gardai issued a joint appeal for extra vigilance on the still treacherous national road network.

The roads will continue to be icy and treacherous "in most parts of the country", despite a forecast for an improvement in the weather conditions nationwide, they warned.

The agencies reminded drivers to look out for grit still on roads after the thaw as it could create a hazard due to the risk of skidding on the grit.

Motorists were also warned that black ice would still linger in sheltered spots and on bends and corners even after there has been a thaw.

RSA chief executive Noel Brett said that the expected thaw would present even more challenges for all road-users.

The main danger would be from melting snow and ice. Slush will build up on the roads which will become very wet, bringing a risk of localised flooding.

Mr Brett added: "Combined with grit on the roads there will be an increased risk of skidding.

"Our advice to motorists is to continue to drive with extreme caution -- don't assume that because the weather is improving, the road conditions are also improving. They're not, so please drive with care."

He also appealed to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to take extra care when using the roads.

Irish Independent

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