Snowy Roads

Plan Ahead

  • During cold weather check the Met Éireann weather forecast.
  • Check for the latest Local and National traffic news on NorthernSound and AA Roadwatch
  • Visit the Transport Infrastructure Ireland – (TII) Traffic Website for the latest updates on Motorway and National Roads conditions.
  • If frost or snow is predicted, plan to leave earlier for your journey or avoid it completely.
  • Tyres should have plenty of tread and be correctly inflated. Tyres are a vital component; remember they are only contact with the road surface.
  • If possible, plan a route that avoids steep hills of severe bends.
  • In as much as is possible, stick to the main/treated roads.
  • Remember and accept that journey times will be longer during severe cold weather.


The Journey

  • Make sure your vehicle is “warmed-up” and clear of ice. Ensure the wipers and washers are working correctly.
  • Keep washer bottle topped up with suitable screen wash. Have de-icers and scraper in your vehicle.
  • Remember to drive slowly in a low gear, rather than braking on hills and bends.
  • Leave adequate distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Drive with your dipped headlights on. Use fog lights if visibility is severely reduced. But remember to turn them off when visibility improves.
  • If in doubt, stay at home until conditions improve. Your priority is the safety of you, your passengers and others.


Useful websites:

RSA Severe Weather Advice

NRA Safe Winter Driving