Tuesday 11 December 2018

Safety experts issue advice to road users as Storm Ali approaches

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Safety experts have shared a tips on how to exercise caution on the roads as Storm Ali approaches Ireland.

The first storm of the winter season is due to arrive early Wednesday, with a Status Orange wind alert in place for 13 counties.

The Road Safety Authority have issued official advice to road users, saying counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry will be most affected.

They have asked motorists to;

  • 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

Meanwhile, they have issued the following advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists;

  • 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.

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