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RSA Advises Road Users to Remain Vigilant During Thaw

Severe weather 10.03.2023

Ahead of an expected thaw tomorrow Saturday 11 March 2023, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising road users to remain vigilant on the roads as the snow and ice begins to melt.

The RSA has the following advice for road users;

  • Remember that there may still be snow and ice lingering in sheltered spots and on bends and corners. So, slow down and expect the unexpected.
  • Be aware of the risk posed by thawing ice and slush building up at roadsides. Motorists should allow extra distance when passing, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists as they may have to avoid such hazards.
  • Slow down when snow and ice thaws as it may cause localised flooding, and this will increase the risk of skidding or aquaplaning. 
  • As snow and ice melt, visibility will be reduced as spray from vehicles is thrown onto your windscreen. Say well back from the vehicle in front, especially goods vehicles, and ensure that your windshield washer is full
  • Road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists should be aware of overhead hazards. Melting snow and ice falling from buildings and trees pose a risk. Be aware of what’s happening above you and stay clear from the edges of buildings.
  • Clean your front and rear lights of any build-up of dirt and grime. Consider washing your vehicle of any dirt especially the underside of cars, to minimise corrosion caused by slush or salt / grit.