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06 December 2017

Road Safety Alert: Yellow Weather Warnings Issued for Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Thursday as Met Éireann have issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds for Wednesday and Thursday.

Strong winds with speeds of 50-65km/hr and gusts of 90-110km/hr are expected for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry from 6am until 11pm today, Wednesday, 6 December.

A second weather warning for strong winds with speeds of 55-65km/hr and gusts of 100-110km/hr are forecast for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry from 3am until 8pm on Thursday, 7 December. Winds are expected to be strongest in coastal areas and over high ground.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The RSA has the following advice for road users:

  • 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
  • Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • It takes longer to stop in wet conditions so slow down and leave extra space 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
  • Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/hs

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.
  • 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.

Please also see our new severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here. See advice with advice for driving in strong winds here

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.ie


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