Ice warnings issued for whole of Ireland

Hazardous conditions are expected this evening (Monday 6th) from 6pm due to freezing temperatures, including icy stretches on roads and paths.

The outlook is for very cold weather until at least Thursday with frost, ice and some snowfall possible. The Road Safety Authority issued a safety alert on the back of the ice warning, urging motorists to prepare for cold weather conditions.

Drivers are advised to clear windows and mirrors before setting off, to slow down in icy conditions and leave extra distance between the vehicle in front.

The RSA says to avoid over steering, harsh braking and harsh acceleration and to use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends, the RSA said.

Cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to brake before corners and to wear gloves. Pedestrians are reminded of the risk of slips and falls.