Heatwave in Ireland: Road users are urged to plan ahead as mercury levels rise sharply in the coming days

Motorists and other road users should take extra precautions as temperatures soar in the coming days, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

s daytime temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s or into the 30s from Sunday through Tuesday – prompting Met Éireann to issue a high temperature weather advisory – the RSA is urging drivers to plan ahead before getting behind the wheel while other road users do so also do should be aware of possible dangers.

“In high temperatures, the RSA advises road users, especially drivers, to be aware of the dangers of ‘sun glare’. Sun glare can cause drivers to be temporarily blinded or blinded by the intensity and brightness of the sun,” the RSA said in a statement.

To avoid this, it is recommended that drivers wear sunglasses when driving and be aware of the dangers of sun glare when heading east in the morning and west later in the day.

Motorists should also pack extra water supplies in their vehicles in case they are stuck in traffic for a long time in hot weather.

Pets and children are particularly at risk of dehydration in such conditions.

Drivers should also make sure their windshields are clean inside and out, and that they have topped up washer fluid to remove bugs and excess road dust.

The fine weather also means more people will be out and about, and motorists are being urged to be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists.

“Slow down and allow extra space when overtaking,” the statement said.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists should also be aware of the dangers that exposure to the sun can cause, especially when crossing the street and at intersections.

The high temperatures also mean that road surface temperatures rise significantly in hot weather and roads with surface treatment (‘tar and chippings’) tend to soften the bitumen.

“This leads to bitumen tracks on secondary roads. Road users are advised to slow down and be careful when braking in such situations,” advises the RSA.

https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/road-users-urged-to-plan-ahead-as-mercury-soars-in-coming-days-41840179.html Heatwave in Ireland: Road users are urged to plan ahead as mercury levels rise sharply in the coming days

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