Acclaim Driving Tips - Driving In Strong Winds

Expect Sudden Gusts At Anytime

Wind rarely blows steadily, and sudden gusts can catch you out no matter how experienced a driver you are. You can expect sudden gusts at any time, but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles etc.

If extreme weather is forecast it is always best to avoid travelling unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

Acclaim Driving Tips - Driving In Strong Winds

By The Acclaim Team on 9th August 2014 in News

Driving In Strong Winds

Sudden gusts can catch out even the most experienced drivers

Expect Sudden Gusts At Anytime

Wind rarely blows steadily, and sudden gusts can catch you out no matter how experienced a driver you may be. You can expect sudden gusts at any time, but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges, high buildings or when overtaking high-sided vehicles etc.

If extreme weather is forecast it is always best to avoid travelling unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

Potential Problems That Can Be Incurred When Driving In High Winds            

You Can Be Blown Off Course

Keep both hands on the steering wheel, particularly if you're being buffeted by the wind, or the slipstreams of other vehicles and anticipate stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road or when passing high-sided vehicles or buildings.

It's important to keep your speed down too. The faster you're travelling the further off-course you're likely to drift in a sudden gust of wind before you get the vehicle back under control.

Be aware that other Vehicles could be blown into the path of your vehicle.

High-sided vehicles and caravans can be most affected by high winds but sudden gusts of wind can blow any vehicle off course. Remember to keep your distance from all other vehicles and take particular care around cyclists, motorcyclists and horse-riders.

If you break down on the motorway or on any busy road in gusty weather it's important to bear in mind that lorries and other high-sided vehicles could be blown off course suddenly and may veer onto the hard shoulder. It's safer to move to a safe location away from the vehicle rather than wait in the car to be rescued.

Also Beware There Could Be Trees Or Other Debris On The Roads

Inevitably, some trees, or branches of trees will come down when winds are very high. If you see twigs, or small branches in the road there could easily be a tree, or large branch in the road around the next bend or corner. Hitting debris like this at speed could be fatal so it's important to keep your speed down, be alert and drive with great care particularly on country roads early in the morning.

Trees can partially fall too and hang above the road, sometimes above the sweep of the headlights making them very difficult to spot.

Ask the question if your journey is really necessary in these conditions

In case of an emergency, always carry a fully-charged mobile phone and warm, weatherproof clothing and water.   Plan journeys carefully and check both weather and traffic bulletins regularly.

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