Status Yellow - Rainfall Warning

Valid from Friday 15 March 2019 21:00 to Saturday 16 March 2019 12:00

Very heavy rain developing overnight and into Saturday with spot flooding, 25 to 35mm expected. The rain may turn to snow in parts for a time.

 

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has the following advice when driving in wet road conditions;

  • It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. 
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility
  • Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists 
  • Drive with dipped headlights at all times
  • Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h roads.
  • Check tyres and replace them if the thread depth is below 3mm

With added risks posed by flooded roads the RSA has the following advice;

  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it.
  • Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
  • Follow any Council / Garda diversions and don’t risk driving through flooded roads.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because they are blocked by flooding. Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic 
  • Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects

Advice to Pedestrians & Cyclists;

  • Be seen. Wear a high visibility jacket or reflective armband 
  • Walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths

 

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please also see our new severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion here. See advice with advice for driving in strong winds here.

For more weather updates, visit Met Eireann’s website: www.met.i