The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to be careful when using the roads this evening (Thursday 14 September) and into tomorrow evening (Friday 15 September), as Met Éireann has issued status orange and status yellow weather warnings for persistent and heavy rain.

there Status Orange Rainfall Warning Cork from 6:00pm today until 6:00pm tomorrow, when persistent and heavy rain will lead to localized flooding, poor visibility and very difficult travel conditions.

there condition Yellow rain warnings For Counties Carlow; Cork. Dublin; Kerry; Kildare; Kilkenny; Laois; Limerick. Offaly. Tipperary. Waterford. Wexford. Wicklow from this evening until Friday evening.

Persistent and sometimes heavy rain in those provinces could lead to localized flooding, poor visibility and difficult travel conditions, according to the RSA.

Road safety

Road users in areas affected by status orange warnings for heavy rain are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting off on the journey.

The following advice is given to road users following weather warnings.

Car drivers:

  • Drivers need to slow down and allow more braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them in wet weather conditions. This is particularly important on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is an increased risk of hydroplaning;
  • Be especially careful when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a large amount of spray which reduces your visibility, and pull back to where you can see their mirrors;
  • If the road in front of you is flooded, choose another route and do not attempt to drive on it. Flooded roads that appear shallow may be deeper than you think. The edge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen and may not be visible;
  • Road users must always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic posted by the local council or An Garda Síochána;
  • After passing through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps dry the brakes;
  • Be safe. be seen. Drive with dimmed headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and can see other road users.

Advice for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Walk on the right side of the road, facing traffic if there are no crosswalks;
  • Cyclists should ensure that they and their bikes are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of headlights and taillights (white at the front, red at the back) and wearing clothing that helps you be seen on your bike, wearing high-visibility materials;
  • Be safe. be seen. Visibility and light are reduced in bad weather conditions. Stay safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high-visibility materials.