Desmond, Eva, Frank, Jonas, Gertrude, Henry; across Ireland, we’ve experienced more than our fair share of storm fronts over the past few months.
With flooding rendering some smaller routes impassable, drivers have opted to stick to the motorways. Here on the M50, we’ve already seen an increase of 8% in traffic travelling under the toll bridge this January compared to last year.
If you’re braving the elements over the coming weeks, here’s a few helpful tips:
- Keep an eye out for updates on NRA Traffic: Before bracing the wind and rain to get to your car, have a quick look at the nratraffic.ie website or Twitter account. There you’ll find the most up-to-date weather alerts, to help you plan your journey.
- Check your tyres. Keep them properly inflated and check for a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. If you’re not sure how safe your tyres are, pop into any service garage and they’ll help.
- Top up your windscreen wash. This is my nemesis! Always remember to keep your windscreen wash topped up and at all times, keep either a bottle of premade wash or water in your boot for emergency refills.
- Keep a windscreen cloth handy. The experts recommend a proper glass cleaning micro fibre cloth for smudge and condensation free windows. Keep a few in the glove box to avoid leaving the handprint marks that will never go away!
- Prepay your M50 Toll – this way you don’t need to worry about the 8pm deadline. Make your payment here; https://www.eflow.ie/i-want-to/pay-a-toll/
- Invest in a breakdown kit, or make your own! Here’s what you’ll need; a hazard triangle, a torch, a tow rope, booster cables, heavy duty gloves, power bank charger (keep that phone alive), snow shovel (just in case), hi-vis vest, blanket, bottled water and of course some chocolate!
- Slow down; always remember to give that extra little bit of space between you and the car in front, and if you’re travelling on unfamiliar roads – take your time and always keep your lights on.
Once you’ve got all of that in order, there’s only one thing left to do and that’s to stick on our eFlow Rainy Day Road trip Playlist on Spotify.
- Rihanna – Umbrella
- The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
- Bonnie Tyler – Holding out for a Hero
- Guns ‘N Roses – November Rain
- Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
- Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
- Gene Kelly – Singing in the Rain
- Bette Milder – The Wind Beneath my Wings
- Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
- Hilary Duff – Chasing the Sun
- Snow (hey oh) – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind
- AC/DC – Stormy May Day
- Take That – The Flood
- One Direction – Walking in the Wind
Once you arrive at your destination, tweet us a photo #eFlowRoadTrip and share your weather experiences with us.