Our Top Tips for Winter Driving Conditions




Our top tips for winter driving conditions!

We’ve compiled a list of top tips to help you in the cold, wintry weather.

  • Never start your vehicles engine and then leave the vehicle unattended. This increases your risk of theft to your vehicle.
  • Prepare for your journey in advance, and expect to leave early. Allow an extra 30 minutes for your journey.
  • Use de-icer / ice scraper to clear ice from windscreens and wing mirrors. Never use warm or boiling water to de-ice your vehicle, this may cause the windscreen to crack or shatter. Water on the ground may freeze, causing it to be a hazard to pedestrians.
  • Check your tyres and the thread depth. There is a minimum legal limit in Ireland, and that is 1.6mm. Ensuring your tyres are in good condition, and inflated to the correct tyre pressure.
  • Change summer tyres to winter tyres.
  • Anticipate “Black Ice” – which is a hazard due to the fact that its pretty much invisible, and difficult to spot. Black Ice is prominent on roads which may be sheltered by tree’s or in an area without a large traffic flow.
  • Never try put down electric windows when frozen, you could cause more damage than good.
  • To help with rubber door seals use a rubber conditioner to stop doors from sticking. Available from all good motoring stores.
  • If possible cover the car with a tarp and pull it off in the morning.
  • Turn off auto lights, wipers, heaters and radio when parking your car overnight so in the morning when starting the engine it will take the extra load off the battery. Don’t forget your vehicle uses alot more battery power in the winter than summer.
  • Check all lights are working on your vehicle. Only use fog lights in dense fog or falling snow. Improper use of fog lights is also a motoring offence.
  • Have a high visibility vest, torch, extra jacket, blanket, spare tyre and drinking water in case of a breakdown. Check you have breakdown cover with your insurance company, don’t wait until you break down. Remember a flat tyre is considered a breakdown. 
  • Avoid journeys if possible, but if you have to travel always have a fully charged mobile phone, and always tell someone of your planned journey and let them know when you arrive.

This list is not exhaustive, and there are many other tips that can be provided. Please feel free to send us your suggestions.

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Track Santa Live as he makes his way towards Ireland with Cork Safety Alerts!





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NTS-logo-hires As 2019 draws to a close, we want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of our loyal followers for their continued support throughout the years. When we began in 2013 as ‘Cork Potholes,’ we never expected that we would grow to as large as we are today! We want to thank you, and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Join us as we track Santa live as he makes his journey towards Ireland!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, from our family to yours.


TRACK SANTA LIVE:


What is NORAD Tracks Santa?

Santa is getting ready to start his magical journey around the world, to deliver wonderful gifts to all the boys and girls. You can track where Santa is tonight using the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Santa Tracker.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.— A photo of the 2018 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center on Peterson Air Force Base, CO on December 24. Last year NTS had more than 1,600 volunteers answering 125,000 phone calls, 2,000 emails and 7,450 on-star requests from children around the world asking where Santa is at and when will he arrive at their house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/RELEASED)

As the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts its primary mission of defending the homeland, it stands ready to continue its tradition of tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Dec. 24.

More than 1,400 volunteers are expected to join NORAD on Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to help track Santa’s journey.

“In addition to our day-to-day mission of defending North America, we are proud to carry on the tradition of tracking Santa as he travels along his yuletide flight path,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command. “The same radars, satellites and interceptors employed on December 24 are used year-round to defend Canadian and American airspace from threats.”

The defense of Canada and the United States is NORAD’s top priority. NORAD is a binational U.S. and Canadian command charged with aerospace and maritime warning and aerospace control of North America as well as monitoring aerospace activity globally. However, every year during the holidays, NORAD assumes the supplementary mission of tracking Santa as he travels around the world.

It all started in 1955 when a local newspaper advertisement informed children they could call Santa directly – only the contact number in the advertisement was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the crew commander on duty, U.S. Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center, the predecessor to NORAD. Col. Shoup was quick to realize a mistake had been made, and assured the child he was Santa. Shoup then assigned a duty officer to continue answering calls. Thus, a tradition was born, and continued when NORAD was formed in 1958. Each year since, NORAD has reported Santa’s location on Dec. 24 to millions of children and families. NORAD say “Starting at 7.01 a.m. GMT on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations.

On Sunday, December 1, the 64th iteration of NORAD Tracks Santa begins with the launch of the www.noradsanta.org website. NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors and volunteers.

Then, at 11 a.m. GMT, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number +1-877-Hi-NORAD (+1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to [email protected].

Take a look inside the NORAD Santa Operations Centre:

Any time on Dec. 24, Amazon Alexa users can ask for Santa’s location through the NORAD Tracks Santa skill for Amazon Alexa, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa. Bing and Cortana users can also find Santa’s location on Dec. 24.




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Time to ‘Fall Back’ – Clocks go back this Sunday at 02:00




So it’s that time of the year again, and the clocks have gone back. Summertime has ended, and the nights are getting longer, the days are getting shorter. It’s time to put the clocks back! Clocks go back this Sunday, 27th October, at 02:00.

Unsure of the current time? We’ve got you covered – check the correct time below!

Why do the clocks go forward and back? (source Wikipedia)

In Ireland, the Standard Time Act 1968 legally established that the time for general purposes in the State (to be known as standard time) shall be one hour in advance of Greenwich mean time throughout the year. This act was amended by the Standard Time (Amendment) Act 1971, which legally established Greenwich Mean Time as a winter time period. Ireland therefore operates one hour behind standard time during the winter period, and reverts to standard time in the summer months. This is defined in contrast to the other states in the European Union, which operate one hour ahead of standard time during the summer period, but produces the same end result.

The instant of transition to and from daylight saving time is synchronised across Europe. In Ireland, winter time begins at 02:00 IST on the last Sunday in October (changing to 01:00 GMT), and ends at 01:00 GMT on the last Sunday in March (changing to 02:00 IST).


A man in his 30’s has been arrested in relation to a burglary at a house in Laffan Court on 7th October 2019




Gardaí have arrested a man in his late 30s in relation to a burglary at a house in Laffan Court, Redemption Road, Cork that occurred on the 7th October 2019.

Shortly after 9.30pm, Gardaí from Watercourse Road received a report of a burglary that had occurred in Laffan Court. A searched of the area was carried by Gardaí from Watercourse Road, with the assistance of the Regional Support Unit, and a man in his late 30s was arrested in the Blackpool area around midnight.

He was brought to Mayfield Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.




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Charity Events in Cork




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35 year old woman to appear in court in connection with the murder of 2 year old Santina Cawley




A 35 year old female was arrested this morning 21/8/19 in connection with the murder of a 2 year old infant girl on the 5th July 2019.

She is expected to appear before Cork District Court, Anglesea St, Cork at 10.30am this morning, Wednesday 21st August 2019.


 

Previous Press Release:

Gardaí at Anglesea Street investigating the murder of a 2-year-old infant girl on 5th July 2019 are renewing their appeal to the public for information.

Gardaí investigating the case are appealing to anyone who was in the Elderwood Estate area or Boreenamanna Road areas between 1.00am and 5.30am on Friday, 5th of July 2019 to come forward and make contact with them at the incident room. Investigators are particularly appealing to those with dash cam or mobile phone footage from the area at the relevant times to make it available to them.

Anyone with information can contact Gardaí at Anglesea Street Station on 021 452 2000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.




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Lightning Storm – Friday 9th August – Live Blog




Check out some of the amazing photos and videos shared from last nights storm, as thunder and lightning hit many parts of Cork City and County. Feel free to send us your images and we’ll share them here!




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Shine a light on Road Safety – A conversation on the use of headlights




Irish Summer; three months of endless sunshine and dry days, right? Of course not! And let’s not delve in to Irish Winters. This country experiences some of the dullest, wet days year around. When the rain or the fog or just the general dull weather strikes and driving visibility is drastically reduced, why is that so many of us deem it unnecessary to use our headlights?

Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) have been required to be fitted to all new cars and light commercial vehicles manufactured since 07 February 2011 as specified in EU Directive 2008/89/EC.

However, this directive has some pretty significant loopholes. 

  1. DRLs are front-facing only, rear lights are not included. 
  2. Cars produced before February 2011 are not required to be retrofitted with DRLs
  3. Many DRLs are simply insufficient in adverse weather conditions. 

In as many as 19 European countries, motorists are required by law to drive with dipped-beam headlights at all times, even in Germany, Spain and France the practice is highly recommended and often required by motorcycles.
Studies indicate that a massive 4 out 5 daytime collisions occur as a direct result of one motorist not seeing the other in time and that the use of lights during the day can reduce fatalities by up to 15%.

Here in Ireland, we have some of the lowest annual sunshine hours, coupled with some of the highest rainfall amounts in Europe, so how is that we are so far behind this clearly positive safety trend? Is it time that we catch up with our European cousins? Should we at least legislate for headlight use in wet weather?

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Four year old hospitalised following incident in Farranree earlier this afternoon




Update 18:45 – Knockpogue Avenue has now reopened to traffic.

A four year old boy has been hospitalised this afternoon having been hit by a car, shortly before 3.20pm at Knockpogue Avenue, Farranree.

Cork Safety Alerts received reports of the incident at 3.20 this afternoon, and the road was subsequently closed by Gardaí. It’s believed that the boy has suffered serious injuries, and has been taken to Cork University Hospital.

The road remains closed as of 17:30 as Gardaí carry out a technical examination. Local diversions are in place.

In a statement, the Garda Press Office says: “Gardaí are at the scene of a road traffic collision that occurred at approximately 2.45pm today 6th June 2019 on Knockpogue Avenue, Farranree, Cork City. Roads are closed and diversions are in place. No further information at this time.”




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Free coffee (and tea!) at participating Applegreen Stores this Bank Holiday





The Road Safety Authority and Applegreen have teamed up again to help drivers stay awake, and alert on the road this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Free coffee (and tea) will be available from participating Applegreen Stores on Monday, 3rd June 2019 between 2pm & 8pm. Simply mention the RSA, or ‘Driver Reviver’ to the cashier and you’ll get your coffee or tea absolutely free.


How does caffeine keep us alert?

Caffeine, known as an adenosine receptor antagonist, works by derailing this process via blocking adenosine. Caffeine and adenosine have a similar enough molecular structure that caffeine can wedge into adenosine receptors, but not close enough to activate them. Adenosine works to inhibit neurons, while caffeine inhibits the inhibitor in order to stimulate us.

Often times, when we have coffee, tea, or even soda, we can feel a surge of energy and positive emotions. In some neurons, adenosine receptors are linked to dopamine receptors, a molecule in the brain that functions to promote feelings of pleasure. When adenosine docks in one of these paired receptors, it makes it difficult for dopamine to stay in its own spot, which can lead to decreased moods.

But, when caffeine replaces adenosine, dopamine can slide in its spot, which promotes alertness and positive moods. However, this sudden surge can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure; increase in urination or diarrhea; and contribute to insomnia and anxiety.

Source: Medical Daily


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