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Not every drivers are confident in driving in windy weather. With gale force winds sweeping much of the UK this week, there could be a rise in the number of people seeking second hand car parts to replace those damaged by the severe weather.

However, by following a few simple tips, drivers can help avoid getting into trouble during the blustery conditions.

Windy weather challenge

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists has offered some expert advice for driving in windy weather.

This includes gripping the steering wheel firmly at all times to make sure you are not caught off guard by a sudden sharp increase in the strength of the wind, as well as driving more slowly as high winds can get under a car and reduce its handling and braking significantly.

It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for trees and bushes on the roadside as an indication of wind strength and to give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual as they get blown around by side winds easily.

Winds as high as 105mph have been recorded in some parts of Britain today (January 3rd) and high winds are also expected in many parts of the country tomorrow.