Road Safety Authority issue warning for drivers due to the Status Orange weather alert
Drive safely on the roads.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads on Wednesday as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather warning for strong winds for Ireland as Storm Ali approaches.
The counties that will be most affected are Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.
Met Éireann have warned of south to southwest winds veering westerly with mean speeds of between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 120 km/h for a time in some areas. The winds will be strongest along Atlantic coasts at first but will extend further east later in the morning.
On this note, the RSA are asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
They've also urged motorists to:
· 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 time.
With regards to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, they've offered the following advice.
· 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.