As wintry conditions coat the county today, drivers are urged to take care on the roads. Here's how to take a different approach to driving in snowfall to prevent accidents.
The RSA advice motorists to drive gently, used dipped headlights and leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. Drive slowly but use the highest gear possible. Use a low gear when driving down hill.
Be considerate of all other drivers on the roads. Use ample warnings when you are turning and using your brakes.
If you can, travel on main roads as much as possible as they are likely to be gritted by Donegal County Council.
Reporter Theresa Mannion has created helpful advice videos for driving in extreme weather. Take a minute to watch the guide which could prevent you getting into trouble.
Here are top tips from the RSA for driving in winter conditions:
Check your tyres…they are your only contact with the road. Tyres should be at least the minimum legal thread depth of 1.6mm but need to be changed before they get this worn.
Use your lights. Use dipped headlights during the day so you are easily seen.
Understand your brakes. Check your car manual and find out if your vehicle has safety assist technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Learn how these technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions.
Safe Distance. It takes longer to stop a car during the winter weather so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front.
Make sure you can clearly see. Ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. Do not use boiling water as this can crack the windscreen.
Beware of “Black Ice”. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near high walls.
Be prepared and make sure you have safety and visibility essentials in the boot of your car. High visibility vests, hazard warning triangle, first aid kits, etc are needed if you get into difficulty.
In the event of a breakdown make sure your vehicle is well in off the road. Put on your hazard warning lights.
Keep up to date. Listen to local weather and traffic reports.
Stay at home. in extremely bad weather your should avoid travelling and leave the emergency services free to deal with real emergencies instead of rounding up stranded motorists.