Monday 22nd December 2014
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Driving in high winds can be impossible to cope with, so pull over and consider your options.  Can you stop for a while somewhere safe and warm to see if the weather improves?  Park safely and let someone you know, ideally the people you are travelling to see ,that you have stopped for a while.

How to cope driving in high winds

Check maps and your sat nav to see if you can find an alternative route where you will be less exposed to the strong winds.  Keep extra distance between your car and the vehicle in front, possibly allow three seconds instead of the usual two seconds. Roof top boxes can also increase your susceptibility to cross winds.  Be aware of any debris that has been blown on the roads.

How to cope with driving in high winds.

 

Drive slowly as high winds can go under a car and impact handling and braking quite significantly. Hold on tightly to the steering wheel to maintain control of the vehicle.  Be very cautious when you overtake high sided vehicles as this can cause a sudden gust of wind. Remember that motorcyclists, cyclists, lorries and buses are more vulnerable as they can get blown around by side winds.  Also, be careful near cars towing caravans that could blow sideways. Look out for what is happening with other road users and give these  vehicles plenty of space.

Even when parking ensure you choose a safe place, avoid nearby buildings and trees.  Try to identify other possible risks, such as large items that the winds could pick up and blow into your vehicle. As always check before you set off, see if you can delay or even avoid your journey and check with the AA or RAC for travel advice.

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