Road Safety Alert issued as high temperatures continue across Ireland
With Met Éireann issuing a weather advisory for high temperatures this week, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to be aware of dangers posed by the heat.
The RSA is particularly concerned about the impact of sun glare, which can result in drivers being temporarily dazzled or blinded by the sun.
Here is the RSA advice for car users this week as temperatures begin to rise;
- Reduce the risk from sun glare and of being dazzled by wearing sunglasses. Be aware of the dangers of sun glare when travelling east in the mornings and west later in the day.
- Be prepared and ensure you have adequate supplies of water, any delays to journeys could result in road users being stuck in traffic for a period time in hot conditions. Children and pets are particularly at risk during these hot spells of weather.
- Ensure your windscreen is clear of grease or grime inside and out. Make sure you have plenty of window washer fluid to clear flies/insects and excess dust from the road when driving.
- Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. Slow down and allow extra space when passing.
Due to the high temperatures on roads, road surface temperatures will rise significantly in the weather, and surface dressed roads (those covered in "tar and chips") will be prone to softening of the bitumen.
Road users are advised to slow down and exercise caution when braking on minor roads, due to the risk of bitumen slicks.
The RSA is also asking that pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to be aware of the potential dangers of sun glare, especially when crossing roads and at junctions.
The group is also being advised to "follow current health messaging around the use of sunblock when out walking and cycling."