The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads today, Monday 15 June 2020 as Met Eireann has issued Orange and Yellow weather warnings for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Met Eireann has issued an Orange rain weather warning for Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon from 12pm – 6pm on Monday 15 June. Intense thundery downpours today, in excess of 50 mm, will lead to surface flooding.
A separate Yellow thunderstorm warning has issued for Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, and Westmeath from 12pm -9pm. Scattered thunderstorms developing through the afternoon and evening with heavy downpours and a risk of localised flooding.
Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.
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 as they may need to avoid area on the road
- 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 Safe, 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.
- If cyclists need to move out to avoid a flooded area on the road please signal to oncoming traffic before you do so
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 with advice for driving on wet roads and in flooded conditions here.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie