02 Oct 2022

Road safety is key for Kilkenny motorists in the coming stormy weather

How to stay safe behind the wheel in stormy conditions


Tree damage during Storm Barra

Storms Dudley and Eunice are set to batter parts of Ireland, bringing high winds and heavy
Storm Dudley will cross from Wednesday night into Thursday morning, while Storm Eunice
will bring strong winds and the chance of some snow for parts of the country on Friday,
meaning that vast areas will be affected by this turbulent weather.
But what should you do if you’re on the road and these storms are approaching? Here,
we’ve got some key tips to bear in mind.

If in doubt, leave it out
If your journey isn’t essential and you’re in the projected area that these storms will hit then
it’s a good idea to just stay put.
The safest place you can be is at home or in a building, so if your journey isn’t entirely
necessary then it’s best to just leave it until the bad weather subsides.

Pack some essentials
Stormy conditions throw up all kinds of issues, so packing some essentials is a great idea.
We’d suggest some warm clothing, a reflective or high-vis jacket, some snacks and water, all
of which can help should you have to stop. Plus, a power bank for your phone could also be
a great addition to this kit, as it’ll allow you to charge your device without having to plug it
into the vehicle and drain its battery.

Take your time
If you do need to venture out then we’d advise taking your time. Slow down and make sure
you’ve got plenty of time to react to any potential obstacles or instances.
Lowering your speed gives you a better chance of avoiding anything that might be blown into
the road or vehicles that may have been pushed off-course.

Keep on major roads
When travelling during stormy conditions it’s a good idea to stay on major roads. These
areas have fewer trees at the side and, because they’re a little wider, give drivers a touch
more space should they need to take avoidance measures. Plus, they’re better lit.

Take extra care when passing high-sided vehicles
Lorries and trucks can be more easily pushed off course by high winds, so it’s a good idea to
give them a little extra space when you need to pass them.
Plus, be prepared that once your overtake is complete, you might get hit with an extra gust
of wind – it’s worth remembering this so that you’re ready to steer into the wind just in case.

Park away from trees
When you do come to a stop, be mindful of where you’re leaving your car. High winds cause
havoc to trees, so if you can it’s best to leave your car in a wide-open space that is away
from the threat of them falling.

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