Posted By Cormac Sheridan ~ 5th February 2013
The purpose of the campaign is to advise people how to prepare for winter. A Booklet ‘Be Winter-Ready’ can be downloaded from the website www.winterready.ie or can be obtained from the Office of Emergency Planning – LoCall 1890-252736 – email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If Severe Weather Strikes!
Before setting off on a journey check to see if there are any problems on your intended route.
Here are some useful links:
- Visit the Department of Transport for updates on Public Tranport
- Tune in to your local radio station(PDF) to get latest updates in your county
- Check the weather at Met Eireann
- For updates on conditions on Motorways and National roads visit the NRA’s – The Road Weather Information System
- Check the Garda website for travel warnings
- For update on the latest traffic news visit the AA Roadwatch website
- Check for live weather and Garda updates as you travel – but remember not to use your phone while driving
- Check your Local Authority website for updates
Is Your Journey Absolutely Necessary?
In extreme weather conditions you should ask yourself if making a journey by road is absolutely necessary? If it is not you might consider delaying your trip until the weather and road conditions improve. If using the roads in such conditions is unavoidable be prepared. The golden rule is to drive, cycle or walk with care and caution and expect the unexpected.
Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?
As the saying goes ‘Prevention is better than cure’, so take some time to prepare both your vehicle and yourself for the challenges of winter driving. Don’t get caught out when severe weather strikes.
Your first step should be to get your vehicle serviced to ensure it is fit and safe for winter driving. Secondly you should carry out regular checks on the vehicle.
- check for wear and tear on wiper blades and replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows
- keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level and check you have at least 3 millimetres of tread depth
- make sure all vehicle lights are working and clean and
- top up with anti-freeze and screen wash
Be Seen to Be Safe!
When out cycling or walking, especially in rural areas, high visibility reflective clothing and lights are the only way to stay safe when out on the roads.
A vehicle has a greater chance of seeing you during dark winter days and nights if you wear something reflective and carry a torch. In turn cyclists should make sure their bikes are fitted with front and rear lights.
As children make the journey to school often in the dark, parents really need to make sure their child can be seen. If walking or cycling to school, especially in rural areas they need to wear reflective clothing. If your child gets the bus to school, please make sure they wear reflective clothing so they can be seen at the bus stop. Don’t leave them standing on the side of the road in the dark to wait for a bus!
Please visit our Safety Tips section with advice for driving, cycling and walking in adverse conditions.