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February 2016 - easyDrive Blog

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1st February 2016:

Driving in Severe Winds

With the current threat of gale-force winds attacking our roads this season, safe driving has never been more important.

Here are our top tips for driving in severe winds:

Find an alternative route if possible. Find a route sheltered by buildings which can block dangerous wind, and way from trees which are a hazard of falling over. Although the urban roads may be busy with traffic, they will be much safer.

Be aware of other road users. Strong gusts of wind can cause unpredictable road behaviour, so be on your strongest guard.

Drive slowly. This will reduce the risk of losing control of your vehicle should a sudden gust of wind hit your car.

Allow yourself plenty of room. Do not get too close to buildings, pedestrians or other road users, as your close proximity is likely to exacerbate the strong wind and lead to a dangerous situation.

By following these simple instructions, you should be able to drive safely through the treacherous conditions and head straight on into summer driving.

Safe driving from easyDrive!

 

 

1st February 2016: 

Night-time Driving Tips to Make an Easier Ride Back Home.

We often make mistakes when complacency starts creeping in! The experts claim it to be the major reason behind most of the fatal incidents taking place on the roads. The night-time driving has its own set of safety guidelines to be followed. We cannot run away from the fact that a feeling of tiredness starts growing as we approach towards later half of the day. You should not drive in case you are not able to focus properly. This is the golden rule. You can take a break or drink coffee to get it started again. A recent study suggests that a huge percentage of drivers cannot read road-signs properly due to poor eye-sight problems. It is a shame!. There is every possibility that someone would take a wrong turn or ignore the instructions to cause an accident. It is highly advisable to wear spectacles or contact lenses.

All such warning signs are too common to be taken seriously. Isn’t it right? We fall victim to our own poor judgments in the end. You cannot drive on the roads without following the rules carefully. These rules are meant to be followed by one and all.

 

 

 

1st February 2016: 

Road Safety Alert – Orange Weather Warning Issued for Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users today to take extreme care when using the roads as Met Éireann has issued an Orange Weather Warning  for strong winds until midnight tonight in counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h with gusts between 110 and 130 km/h throughout the day. Winds will peak during this afternoon and evening and will be at their strongest along the coasts.


The RSA also advises road users to:
• Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road. 
• Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.
• Pedestrians should take extra care when crossing the road and cyclists when cycling in traffic as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
• Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

 

For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie

 

February 23, 2016 
Combat Driving Fatigue

With hints of the weather starting to improve as we edge ever-so-cautiously into spring, many of us will be tempted to load up the car and go for long drives into the country, or even on summer holiday trips away. But along with long journeys comes driving fatigue, a proven deadly hazard. Here are easydrive’s top tips to fight the tiredness:

- If you will be driving more than 2 hours, take a stop every two hours, just for fifteen minutes or so. Whilst this will length your journey time somewhat, it will dramatically improve your concentration when driving.

- If driving with a partner, friend or relative who is also able (legally) to drive your car, share the journey, so fatigue is only half as likely to set in.

- Stay hydrated. Lack of fluid in the body is a huge cause of tiredness.

- Avoid travelling late or in the dark, as this exacerbates fatigue.

- Be aware of your alertness – if you start to feel drowsy, pull over at the earliest opportunity and take a short walk around a service station. If in need, drink a cup of strong coffee or other caffeine-based beverage, but be wary that this will only work once in a journey.

Safe driving from easyDrive!

 

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