Gardai issue alert to motorists following weather warning
Gardaí have issued a national alert to motorists about driving conditions, with a yellow weather warning in place for snow and ice for counties in Leinster.
Gardaí are warning about "hazardous conditions on roads and footpaths" after a national yellow weather warning warning was issued for snow and ice.
The warning is in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, East Cork, Tipperary and Waterford, but gardai are asking all road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.
"A yellow weather warning is in place for snow which may lead to hazardous conditions on roads and footpaths," said gardai.
"Following the snow road temperatures nationwide are set to fall and road conditions will be hazardous overnight and in the morning in many places," they added.
Gardai said motorists should should reduce speed and increase braking distances; use dipped headlights at all times to ensure you are seen by other motorists; watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space; cyclists and motorcyclists should check local road conditions and consider alternative transport where necessary; pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not on the street and walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
Motorists should also clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer, do not use hot water on the windscreen and do not leave your car with the engine running and unattended.