Road safety

Road safety warning about sun glare and icy roads

Remember that it is essential to slow down when approaching intersections, bends and bends.

Met Eireann is forecasting both clear sunny days as well as icy roads over the weekend. As a result, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning drivers of the danger posed by ‘solar glare’. Drivers can then be temporarily dazzled or blinded by the intensity and brightness of a sun low on the horizon. In such conditions, drivers are reminded to:

• Minimize risk by wearing sunglasses

•Make sure your windshield is free of grease or dirt inside and out. Add washer fluid to the water in the reservoir and check the wipers for wear or damage. Replace them if so.

•Reduce your speed. It is essential to slow down when approaching junctions, bends and bends.

Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to:

•Beware of the dangers that the sun’s reflections can cause, especially when crossing the road and at intersections.

The RSA gives the following advice to road users when driving in icy conditions:

• Clear your windows and mirrors before leaving, bring a scraper and a defroster. Do not use hot water on the windshield as it may crack the glass.

• Slow down, you must give yourself time and space if you have to react to a loss of traction in the event of a skid on the ice

•Watch out for “icing”. If the road looks polished or shiny, it might be black ice,” one of the worst dangers of winter: black ice is hard to see! It’s almost transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is completely ignored. It can occur especially in sheltered/shaded areas on roads, under trees and next to high walls.

• Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility to ensure you are seen by other motorists.

• Be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and provide extra space.

Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to:

• When walking on sidewalks and in public places, or when getting in and out of your vehicle, do not underestimate the danger of ice. Many slips and falls happen in places that people consider safe and secure, usually outside their front door, on the doorstep, on the way, or when getting out of the car. Be very careful.

For advice on driving in severe weather, please see the Severe Weather Advice on the RSA website or see the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more weather updates visit the Met Eireann website