2018 News

13 February 2018

Road Safety Alert –Sun glare

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) reminding drivers to be aware of the danger posed by ‘sun glare’, which results in drivers being temporarily dazzled or blinded by the intensity and brightness of a low sun on the horizon.

As clear sunny conditions are forecast for periods over the next number of days, the RSA is advising drivers to:

  • Reduce risk of being dazzled by wearing sun glasses
  • Ensure your windscreen is clear of grease or grime inside and out. Add windshield washer fluid to the water in the reservoir and check that the wipers are not worn away or damaged. Replace them if they are.
  • Reduce your speed. Slowing down on the approach to junctions, corners and bends is critical.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space
  • Be particularly aware of the dangers of sun glare when travelling east in the mornings and west later in the day.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to:

  • Beware of the dangers that sun glare can cause to drivers. Make sure that the driver can see you at all times and beware of their blind spots.
    Met Eireann are also advising road users of the risk of icy roads and heavy rain in the coming days.

See further advice on driving in sun glare, icy conditions or heavy rain in our severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

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  



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