Driving advice issued as rain and flooding hit Offaly
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads for much of Wednesday, as Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for Munster and Leinster.
30-40mm of rainfall is expected between midnight on Tuesday and 9pm on Wednesday with larger totals possible on high ground.
The RSA is asking road users to check national and local weather updates over the weekend and to also check local road and traffic conditions before making a trip.
The RSA has the following advice for road users:
When driving in wet 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
• Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
• Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
• Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h
• Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.
• Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility to ensure you are seen by other motorists
With added risks posed by wet or flooded roads the RSA has the following advice;
• If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think
• After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes
• Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic
• Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects
Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists:
• Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
• Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie.