Weather Warning – Brokers Ireland Issue Consumer Advice
Tue Mar 9 2021
As Met Éireann upgraded its Status Yellow wind warning to cover the country from today, Brokers Ireland advised motorists to be extra careful to protect themselves and other road users.
Cathie Shannon, Director of General Insurance Services at the organization, which represents 1,225 Broker firms, said people need to be alert to the dangers posed by sudden changes in weather patterns.
“Expect the unexpected,” she said. “With gusts of 90 to 110km/h, higher at times on hills and coasts in the south and west, we would encourage motorists to only undertake journeys that are necessary and if you need to travel in these conditions be on your guard and adopt a cautious approach to protect yourself and other road users.”
She said motorists should slow down and leave more distance than usual between vehicles.
“Be careful around larger vehicles like trucks, vans or cars carrying trailers. These can more easily lose control in high winds. Open spaces like motorways, bridges and overpasses can be particularly dangerous in high winds. We would encourage motorists to be ever mindful of fellow road users, especially more vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians,” she said.
In the unfortunate event of being involved in a collision, it’s better to be prepared.
After attending to any personal injuries and calling emergency services where required, she advised that motorists should record any damage caused on camera or video recorder, including positioning of all vehicles; exchange insurance details, which is obligatory, if another vehicle is involved, and contact your broker/insurer as soon as possible.
“Don’t begin any work without the approval of your insurance company but if you must, record before making any adjustments,” she advised.