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Road Safety Alert for high temperatures

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is reminding road users to be aware of the dangers caused by ‘sun glare’ as Orange and Yellow weather warnings for High Temperatures have been issued for the next few days.  

(Image taken via: https://www.met.ie/forecasts/national-forecast)

Sun glare can result in drivers being temporarily blinded by the intensity and brightness of the sun.  

As sunny conditions and high temperatures are forecast for the next number of days, the RSA is advising drivers to: 

  • Wear sun glasses to reduce the risk of sun glare. 
  • Make sure you have adequate supplies of water, any delays to journeys could result in road users being stuck in traffic for a period time in hot conditions. Children and pets are particularly at risk during these hot spells of weather. 
  • Ensure you’ve cleaned your windscreen, make sure it’s clear of grease or grime inside and out. Make sure you have plenty of window washer fluid on hand to clear flies/insects and excess dust from the road when driving. 
  • Like always, watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. Slow down and allow extra space when passing. 

  

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to: 

  • Beware of the dangers that sun glare can cause, especially when crossing the road and at junctions. 
  • Follow current health messaging around the use of sun block when out walking and cycling. 

Road surface temperatures will increase considerably in the hot weather and surface dressed roads will be prone to softening of the bitumen.  This will lead to bitumen slicks occurring on minor roads.  Road users are urged to slow down and exercise caution when braking in such situations. 

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