RSA Urging For "Caution" As Rain Warning Due To Come Into Effect

Laois and Offaly will be under the notice from 6pm.

The Road Safety Authority is urging motorists in the midlands to take extra care this evening, as a status yellow rain warning is due to take effect.

Laois and Offaly will be impacted by the notice, as will Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Munster, from 6pm this evening until the same time tomorrow.

Separetely, a Status Orange rain warning has just come into effect for Cork and Waterford.

Rebecca Cantwell from Met Éireann says the situation is quite changable:

The following advice is being given to road users on foot of the weather warnings:


  • Drivers need to slow down and allow a greater braking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front in wet weather conditions. This is especially important on high speed roads such as dual carriageways and motorways where there is increased danger of aquaplaning.
  • Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility, hold back to where you can see their mirrors.
  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. The verge may have subsided and there may also be trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.
  • Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic that have been put there by the local council or An Garda Síochána.
  • After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance - this helps to dry the brakes.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Drive with dipped headlights at all times to ensure that you are visible and that you can see other road users.

Advice to Pedestrians, Cyclists and motorcyclists:

  • Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
  • Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike, consider wearing high visibility material.
  • Be Safe. Be Seen. Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and consider wearing high visibility material.

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