Thursday 18 January 2018

Warning issued for drivers as roads set to become 'greasy' and dangerous this weekend

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

Our roads are set to become "greasy" and dangerous this weekend, the Road Safety Authority warned this morning.

Following days of sun-seekers flocking to parks, cooling down with ice-creams and firing up the barbecue, the weather is set to take a turn for the worse this weekend.

Don't forget your umbrella and rain coat as Met Eireann has said that heavy rain and thundery downpours are expected throughout the country.

Showers are predicted to become widespread in Connaught, Cork, Clare, Kerry and Limerick from this evening and Donegal, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan on Saturday.

The RSA said that this could make road surfaces slippery over the coming days as they urged motorists to exercise caution.

RSA CEO Moyagh Murdock said: "Roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a dry spell.

"When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous. The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid.

"The sudden change in driving conditions can also catch drivers off guard."

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Ms Murdock continued to say: "The expected rainfall and the condition of roads will make driving particularly hazardous as road surfaces become slippery reducing skid resistance."

The RSA is advising drivers to:

·         Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.

·         Adjust your driving behaviour to suit the changing conditions

·         Don’t tailgate - Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.

·         Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility

·         Check tyres to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and ensure correct tyre pressures.

·         Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected

For more information please see www.rsa.ie

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