Posted By Cormac Sheridan ~ 16th April 2013
Road Safety Weather Alert – Strong Winds
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), today April 15th 2013 is advising road users to take particular care on the roads as Met Éireann is warning of very strong to gale force winds over west Ulster and Connacht tonight.
Met Éireann has forecast strong to gale force southwest winds with severe gusts of 100 and 115km/h over Donegal and Mayo in particular. Strong winds will persist over west Ulster and Connacht tonight, with gusts of 90 to 105 km/hr in areas. Winds will be strongest in coastal areas.
The RSA is asking road users to take extra care in these strong winds and have issued the following advice:
- 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 times
- Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travelling
Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt
- Take extra care when near traffic or crossing the road in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle
- Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths
For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.