Traffic controls to be put in place to avoid chaos at popular Mayo beaches this weekend

Gardaí in Mayo will have controls in place at a number of locations this weekend to avoid traffic congestion at popular beaches, it has been confirmed.

The action is being undertaken to address difficulties that occurred last weekend.

Gardaí closed the roadway to Keem Bay in Achill on Saturday and Sunday last due to health and safety concerns.

Warnings were also issued to the public in regard to significant traffic congestion at Old Head Beach, Roonagh Pier, Silver Strand and Carramore as car park were at capacity.

Motorists have been advised to be mindful of the need to keep roadways clear to facilitate emergency services in the event of an accident.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is today advising drivers and motorcycle riders to take extra care using the roads as the recent dry weather spell breaks and rain is expected across parts the country over the coming days.

During a prolonged dry spell a build-up of oil and rubber deposit develops on the road.

When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with rainwater and the road becomes hazardous.

The resulting greasy road surface increases stopping distances and the risk of a skid.

Drivers and motorcycle riders can get caught out with this change in road conditions so the advice is to slow down and increase braking distance