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31st Oct 2023

RSA issues safety advice for road users ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciarán

Jody Coffey

Be Safe. Be Seen.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging road users to exercise caution on the roads from today (October 31st) until Thursday, November 2nd.

This comes following a weather advisory from Met Eireann which will bring the possibility of flooding in places.

Over the next few days, heavy showers or longer spells of rain at times are expected with the arrival of Storm Ciarán.

It is anticipated that we will have squally showers tomorrow morning (November 1st) which will be accompanied by very gusty conditions.

Later in the day, and again on Thursday (November 2nd), further rainfall brings the risk of flooding, which the heaviest rain forecast for the southern and eastern coastal counties.

The following advice is being given to road users on foot of the weather warnings.

Slow down

The RSA are asking drivers to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front during the wet weather conditions.

This, they add, is particularly important while driving on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased risk of aquaplaning.

Goods vehicles

When driving behind goods vehicles, the RSA remind motorist to take special care as they generate a significant amount of spray, which may reduce visibility.

Always hold back to where you can see their mirrors.

Cyclists and motorcyclists

The same applies for motorists when driving near cyclists and motorcyclists. Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users as they may be blown off course by strong winds.

High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Avoid flooded roads

Always opt for another route if the road ahead is flooded. Drivers must never attempt to drive though, regardless of if it looks shallow.

Flooded roads can be deceptive and may be deeper that it looks as the verge may have subsided and it also brings the risk that trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.

Always use the recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.

Dry the brakes

After driving through water, ensure to drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance as this helps to dry the brakes.

Be Safe. Be Seen.

Ensure your visibility by driving with dipped headlights at all times, this will also help to see other road users.

Expect the unexpected

In unpredictable weather, objects may be blown out on to the road so be sure to be aware and watch out for falling or fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists, and motorcyclists:

If you’re out trick-or-treating tonight on foot, always walk on the right-hand side of the road or facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

When crossing the road on foot or on a bicycle, take extra care as in extremely windy conditions may result in a sudden gust of wind which could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Any cyclists should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users, this, the RSA suggest, would be a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be visible on your bike. Consider wearing high visibility material.

Be Safe. Be Seen.

It is of the upmost importance to be visible as this is reduced in poor weather conditions. The RSA recommends wearing bright clothing or high visibility material.