RSA issues road safety alert for 'thundery downpours'
Drive safely out there.
Ireland's Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a warning for drivers to take effect between 9pm Friday night until 9am Saturday morning.
The warning coincides with a rainfall warning by Met Éireann for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal and Waterford.
The RSA has now urged motorists to watch out for flash flooding and the risk of aquaplaning.
In a warning issued this afternoon, the RSA wrote:
"Flooded roads could be deeper than you think so do not attempt to drive through them. Following the recent dry weather a build-up of oil and rubber deposit may have developed on the roads.
"After a long spell of dry weather these deposits mix with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous. The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid. The advice is to slow down and increase braking distance."