If you have to travel during severe & gusting winds, as roads users you will need to take extra care, as forecast conditions can be challenging while driving.
- Beware of objects blown out onto the road. Always expect the unexpected. Watch out for falling /fallen debris on the roads. Other vehicles may veer in front of you as well.
- The control of your vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. Hold on to the steering wheel firmly with 2 hands.
- Always allow extra space between you & others roads users; especially vulnerable roads users as Cyclists, Motorcyclists & Pedestrians.
- Drive with dipped headlights at all times (Day or Night).
- Switch on the radio to check weather broadcasts while driving.
For vulnerable road users – Motorcyclists & Cyclists- here is some advice that will help you:
- Be seen, wear bright clothing with armbands, reflective belt or High vis jacket.
- Take extra care when crossing public roads.
- Motorcyclists & Cyclists in extreme windy conditions: a sudden gust of wind can blow you out of your way & blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
As a pedestrian you must be aware of the danger:
- Always make sure that you have been seen by other roads users, (Wear bright clothing with armbands, reflective belt or High vis jacket).
- While walking in built-up area: walk on the footpath, NOT on the street.
- If you are walking in a rural area without footpaths: Keep walking on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic. Stop if it is safe to do so & climb on the kerb for safety.
If you can avoid a taking long & tiring journey in bad road conditions, you should do so, or else if you must travel keep yourself up to date with the weather forecast by visiting Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie . Also for further information you can contact the Communications Department in the Road Safety Authority on : 096 25008 or www.rsa.ie
If you are struggling when driving with strong windy conditions, as an ADI I can help you to build up your confidence & help you to stay safe 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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