Gardai is warning motorists to follow the rules of the road on highways after another life was lost over the weekend.
Officers in the Kilkenny / Carlow area took to social media to list the types of things they see “every day” that could lead to a serious accident.
It comes after the death of a man on the M7 in Kildare on Saturday evening.
A garda spokesperson said: âOur highways are statistically some of our safest roads to travel. Yet, when a collision does occur, it is much more likely to result in serious injury or loss of life. For this and other reasons, there are rules and tips applicable to users.
âThe M9 motorway provides a backbone to the Waterford / Kilkenny / Carlow Garda division and we see the things that lead to serious collisions every day.
“The full list of regulations can be found at rsa.ie but here are a few points.
– Never walk or use a stroller on a highway.
– Never stop on the motorway except in an emergency or on the order of a Garda.
– Always make sure you have enough fuel and your car is in good condition to complete your trip.
– If you break down, leave your car as far as possible on the emergency lane before exiting the vehicle on the right side and stepping over the armco barrier if it is present.
– Do not tailgate, respect the rule of 2 seconds.
– Do not sit in the outside lane even if you respect the speed limit on the motorway, it is to pass slower traffic.
– Do not drive on “autopilot”, remember that you must remain aware of the dangers like any other road.
– Motorway driving can be monotonous, so it is easier if you are tired of losing your concentration or even falling asleep at the wheel, enjoy a stop at a designated rest area or gas station and if necessary, take 40 winks.
– Remember that the 120 km / h limit is a limit and not a goal and if it is raining, sleet or foggy, you should reduce your speed appropriately. Also, keep in mind that the 120 km / h limit does not apply if you are a car towing a trailer where a 80 km / h limit applies. “