Warning to motorists as ice grips the hills

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A car after slipping on black ice on the Wicklow Gap (File photo)

The Dublin-Wicklow mountain rescue are urging motorists to avoid high ground during the recent cols snap.

While the mountain rescue team have not been called out so far to stranded cars they have seen a few close calls.

Last week two members were travelling over the Sally Gap to assess road conditions on the way to a team meeting.

The roads were quite slippy and the pair were able to assist not one but two motorists who were having a bit of difficulty. Conditions can change quite rapidly crossing both the Wicklow & Sally Gap roads and both spots are prone to icing.

During cold snaps drivers should try to have up to date weather and road reports to avoid unnecessarily getting into difficulty.

Sean O’Neill from Aughavannagh posted a picture on the social networks showing just how bad the roads can get on high ground, the road between Aughavannagh and Glenmalue can be just as dangerous as the Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap.

Frost on windowGardai are also warning motorists to be careful when defrosting cars in the morning. They are urging drivers not to leave their vehicles while waiting for the ice to defrost from windows.

It is very easy for an opportunist to open the door and take personal belongings or even worse take the car as was the case in Cork last Sunday morning.

The Cork Evening Echo reported,  Stephen O’Connor, 63, was getting ready to head to Sunday morning Mass when his Toyota Yaris was stolen from outside his Liffey Park home.

Like many people do in frosty weather, Mr O’Connor had turned the engine on to defrost the windows, leaving the keys in the ignition, before heading back inside to call his wife.

The good news is Mr O’Connor’s car was recovered by the Gardai, but is important to remember your car is not insured if the keys are inside.



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