Dublin: Ireland is grappling with severe weather conditions, including snow, sleet, wind, and rain, raising the risk of road accidents. In response, the government, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Met Éireann, and various agencies are on high alert.
Experts advise individuals to carefully consider the necessity of travel during adverse weather and recommend postponing non-essential trips. Confidence in driving may not be sufficient in snowy and icy conditions, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
To ensure vehicle efficiency, experts emphasise checking the battery and tires. Aging batteries and worn-out tires should be replaced to prevent potential issues, especially considering the impact of heating and lights on battery capacity.
Motorists are urged to confirm the presence and functionality of a spare wheel, and to know how to change a wheel or use an inflation kit if needed. Tyre tread depth is crucial, with a minimum requirement of 1.6mm in Ireland. The Road Safety Authority provides tools to check tread depth, emphasising the dangers and expenses associated with driving on inadequate tyres.
Safe driving practices in water and snow include maintaining a safe distance, avoiding driving in low-visibility conditions, and staying in the middle of designated lanes. When driving in snow and ice, using the highest gear possible, avoiding sudden braking, and steering in the direction of a skid are recommended for maintaining traction and control.
Motorists are cautioned against using boiling water to remove snow from vehicles, as it may crack the windscreen. Leaving the car unattended poses security risks, considering the potential for frozen locks and the presence of thieves.
Ensuring road safety in the winter on Irish roads involves thorough vehicle inspection, including:
1. Tyre checks
2. Proper use of lights
3. Understanding brake functionality, with an emphasis on safety assist technology
4. Maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles
5. Ensuring a clear view of the road
6. Staying alert to hard-to-see hazards
7. Carrying essential items in the vehicle, including food, water, and warm clothes
8. Keeping the phone charged
9. Following breakdown guidelines and using hazard warning lights to avoid obstructing traffic
Listening to weather and traffic reports is crucial for informed decision-making during challenging weather conditions.
Hear the latest National Forecast for today & the next few days. https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1748603450898722877?s=20
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