First rain after nearly a month will make roads treacherous

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First rain after nearly a month will make roads treacherous
15:11 Wednesday 11th of July 2018

AA Roadwatch has reported that dry roads that haven's seen moisture for nearly a month will be treacherously slippery when rainfall comes.

With regular rain falling on road surfaces, materials such as bitumen, oil and rubber from tyres are continuously washed away.

However during dry weather, these elements remain on the road surface.

Met Eireann said hot and dry conditions will continue until early next week but 'there is a chance of some heavier showers breaking out towards midweek'.


AA Roadwatch said: "When the first rain falls after days of dry weather, road surfaces become greasier than normal.

The RSA say this means the roads ‘provide less friction for vehicle manoeuvres such as braking or tight cornering’.

"To avoid loss of control in these conditions, slow down and avoid braking hard.

"Drivers should also increase the breaking distance between themselves and the vehicle in front.

"As when driving on icy services, gently manoeuvres are the key to safe driving."

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