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Sunday 22 January 2017

Storm driving alert

Published 08/02/2014 | 02:30

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

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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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