first_imgEmail THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising drivers to be aware of the dangers posed by hailstones. The advice comes as Met Eireann has forecast wintery showers of hail are expected this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.Hail is a common but unpredictable occurrence in Ireland and can lead to slippery and dangerous driving conditions. This is especially true on higher speed roads like dual carriageways or motorways.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  The difficulty with hail showers is their unpredictability and localised nature.  As a hail shower tracks across the country it deposits a narrow band of ball bearing sized hailstones on the ground.  Where the track of a shower crosses a road, drivers may suddenly pass from perfectly good road conditions onto a carpet of hailstones. This has the potential to catch drivers out if they do not immediately react to the hazardous driving conditions. The RSA has the following practical advice for drivers:Drivers need to be on guard to the potential danger posed by hailstones.If you encounter hailstones reduce your speed, without breaking if possible. Warn other drivers by using your hazard warning lights. Facebook Advertisement Driving slowly in a high gear will help your tyres maintain grip even as your tyres move over the compacted pellets of ice.Accelerate and brake very gently and drive slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Avoid sudden steering movements or hard braking.Keep an eye out for road markings that may become obscured and leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front.Drivers are also advised to make sure their tyres are fit for purpose i.e., that they are not below the legal minimum tread depth (1.6mm) and that they are inflated to the correct pressure, so they can cope better with such challenging driving conditions. Checking forecasts and listening to travel bulletins before and during your journey will alert you of any possible hail showers. For more information see the public information video on driving in hailstones, developed by the RSA featuring RTE’s Teresa Mannion. For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages. For weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Previous articleThe Gate Theatre’s first streamed production is the world premiere of The Visiting Hour by Frank McGuinness – April 22nd, 23rd, & 24th at 7:30pmNext articleLimerick family resource centre stands over vaccination of staff after claims staff were instructed to misrepresent themselves as frontline healthcare workers Sarah Carr Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsRoad Safety Alert – Weather Warning for Hail ShowersBy Sarah Carr – April 7, 2021 232 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRoad Safety AuthorityRSA Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitterlast_img read more