Motorists warned of possible sleet, hail and snow this weekend
Motorists have been have warned to drive extra carefully in the coming days ahead of the drop in temperatures this week.
A cold spell is expected to hit from this afternoon, with a risk of sleet, hail and snow, according to Met Eireann.
Motorists are being urged by AA Roadwatch to slow down when driving in the coming days and ensure that they adapt to driving in snowy and icy conditions.
Elaine O’Sullivan of AA Roadwatch said: “When we see weather conditions worsen we also tend to see people who would normally cycle, walk or use public transport opt to use a car if they have access to one.
“As a result, traffic levels normally worsen on the major routes in any affected areas.”
Motorists are also being warned that falling snow or sleet can impact on the visibility of roads.
As a result, additional caution on routes used by cyclists and pedestrians will be needed.
Ms O’Sullivan said: “When sleet or snow is falling and building up on your windscreen it can be quite difficult to see vulnerable road users, such as cyclists or pedestrians, so it’s important that motorists adapt their driving accordingly.
“By slowing down, allowing extra overtaking room where possible and taking extra care motorists can do their part to keep the roads safe even in the worst conditions.”
The AA is also preparing for a spike in breakdowns as a result of the change in conditions, with motorists being advised that colder temperatures can result in older or weaker batteries becoming defective.
Drivers who haven’t already done so are encouraged to give their car a quick once-over to ensure the vehicle is fully winter-ready.