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Thursday 17 April 2014

Storm driving alert

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has renewed warnings about driving in wet and stormy weather.

When driving in wet and windy 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.

* 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.

* Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate spray which reduces your visibility.

* Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

* Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

* Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on 100 km/h and 120 km/h roads.

* Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.

Irish Independent

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