Ireland Motorists warned about 'greasy roads' as heavy rain forecast for weekend

18:10  26 may  2017
18:10  26 may  2017 Source:   Journal.ie

The East Link Bridge in Dublin was stuck upright for nearly an hour this morning

  The East Link Bridge in Dublin was stuck upright for nearly an hour this morning The bridge malfunctioned and went into fail safe mode, causing it to descend very, very slowly.The bridge had opened to let a ferry pass through at around 10.30am, but failed to go down afterwards.

Motorists are being warned to stay safe on roads as heavy rain continues to flood many areas of the country. Comes as communities across south England are being warned of further risk of flooding this weekend .

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  Motorists warned about 'greasy roads' as heavy rain forecast for weekend © Shutterstock/Moshbidon THE ROAD SAFETY Authority has warned motorists to take extra care on the roads today following a forecast of heavy rain.

The RSA said that the forecast heavy rain and a risk of thundery downpours throughout the country this weekend.

As this downpour will come at the end of a dry spell, it poses an extra risk to motorists.

RSA CEO Moyagh Murdock warned that roads are more slippery when it rains after a dry spell.

“Roads are at their most slippery when the weather breaks after a dry spell,” said Murdock.

“When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous.

The East Link Bridge in Dublin was stuck upright for nearly an hour this morning

  The East Link Bridge in Dublin was stuck upright for nearly an hour this morning The bridge malfunctioned and went into fail safe mode, causing it to descend very, very slowly.The bridge had opened to let a ferry pass through at around 10.30am, but failed to go down afterwards.

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The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid. The sudden change in driving conditions can also catch drivers off guard.

The expected rainfall and the condition of roads will make driving particularly hazardous as road surfaces become slippery reducing skid resistance.

The RSA is advising motorists to:

    Slow down. Drive at an appropriate speed to the conditions.
  • Adjust your driving behaviour to suit the changing conditions
  • Don’t tailgate – Allow extra distance to the vehicle in front especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility
  • Check tyres to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and ensure correct tyre pressures.
  • Drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected

Gardaí are today implementing the force’s annual ‘Slow Down day’, an intensive operation that last year detected 927 speeding offences.

The operation will see gardaí running high-visibility speed checks in a range of designated ‘speed enforcement zones’ nationwide.

Motorists warned to expect delays on M50 after early morning collision .
Commuters are warned to expect delays on the M50 this morning after reports of a crash. Gardai are en route to the scene of the collision at the M50 northbound before Junction 5 at Finglas.AA Roadwatch said that traffic is currently moving well elsewhere on the M50.Meanwhile in the city centre, there is heavy inbound traffic from Edge's Corner in Fairview through to Connolly Station on Amiens Street.There are also delays along the North Quays between Ormond Quay and Bachelors Walk.AA Roadwatch is also reporting that it's slow inbound on the Swords Road from Whitehall Church to Collins Avenue.

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