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08th Feb 2021

Motorists urged to exercise caution on the roads this week due to snow and ice

Alan Loughnane

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“Allow extra distance between yourself and other road users.”

Motorists across the country are being urged to exercise caution in the coming days, as a cold weather spell is expected to bring a risk of snow, ice and frost.

AA Ireland said as Met Éireann is warning of snow and ice this week, particularly along the east of the country, people who need to travel should exercise caution.

Motorists are advised to reduce their speed if driving in icy conditions or snow and to keep an eye out for vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians.

“Late last week, a number of weather warnings were in place for parts of the UK as a result of the risk of snow and it now appears as if that cold snap will hit Ireland early this week,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs said.

“While many of us are spending significantly less time in our car than we ordinarily would, for those who must travel in the days ahead it’s important that you remember to adapt your driving to the weather conditions that present.

“On icy roads it can take much longer to bring your car to a stop in an emergency, so it’s important that you reduce your speed and allow extra distance between yourself and other road users.”

He added: “Similarly, the last year has seen a significant increase in those undertaking short journeys by foot or bike, particularly in more urban areas, so you must remember to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users.”


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