Weather fore is forecast for heavy rain and a risk of thundery downpours throughout the country this weekend. The expected rainfall will bring to an end to the dry spell which poses added dangers to road users. According to Met Éireann, scattered heavy rain showers will become widespread in Connaught, Cork, Clare, Kerry and Limerick from this evening and Donegal, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan on Saturday.
As a result, roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a dry spell. When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous. The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid. 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.
As a driver follow those tips for a safe journey:
1)Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.
2) It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
3) Adjust your driving behaviour to suit the changing conditions
4) Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road
5) Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
6) Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists
7) Drive with dipped headlights at all times
8) Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with speed limits of 100 km/h and 120 km/h.
9) Check tyres pressures is correct and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.
10) Don’t tailgate – Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles, (follow the 2 second roles & double it).
11) Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected
If you are struggling when driving with heavy rain conditions & wet road, as an ADI I can help you to build up your confidence & help you to stay save on the road, for further help you can contact us on Mob 086 044 0157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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