Posted By Cormac Sheridan ~ 11th June 2013
Road Safety Alert – Greasy Road Surfaces following break in weather
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users especially drivers to exercise caution on roads following a forecast by Met Éireann for rain, possibly heavy, throughout the country this week and over the weekend. The expected rainfall will bring to an end a long dry spell which poses added dangers to road users.
According to Met Éireann, scattered rain showers will become widespread as the week progresses and will turn heavy in places.
“Roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a long dry spell. This is because the fine grit on roads tends to polish the road surface and roads also see the build up of a film of tar, rubber and oil deposit. The sudden change in driving conditions can also catch drivers off guard.”
“The expected rainfall and the condition of roads will make driving particularly hazardous as road surfaces become slippery reducing skid resistance.”
“For your own safety and the safety of other road users drivers should adjust their driving behaviour to suit these changing conditions especially after driving for a period in good dry conditions. My advice to drivers is, slow down, keep your distance and expect the unexpected” .
Drivers are being advised to:
· Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.
· Don’t tailgate – Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.
· Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility
· Check tyres to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and ensure correct tyre pressures.
· Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected