Driving In High Winds

Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees? Choose a sheltered route if you have the option.

By The Acclaim Team on 6th December 2013 in News

 Driving In High Winds

                       Acclaim Driving Tips:

  • Plan your journey check if there is a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees?  Choose a sheltered route if this option is available.
  • Strong winds are not constant, they can usually be gusty so ensure you hold the steering wheel firmly.
  • Overtaking high sided vehicles or driving past buildings can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear the vehicles or buildings.
  • Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual. They get blown around by side winds. Even pedestrians can be blown about so keep alert.
  • Drive slow enough to cope with the gusts of winds. Wind can get under a car and reduce its handling and braking significantly.
  • Watch trees and bushes on the roadside their branches can show you how strong the winds are. Look well ahead, that way you don’t need to take your eye off the road and you can see any windy patches before you get to them.
  • Go slowly enough to cope with the tree that has fallen right across the road, just round the bend where you can’t see it.
  • Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles – where they are affected will give you a pre warning.
  • Be careful of debris, try and have space beside your vehicle in case you need to dodge any debris.
  • Keep alert and expect the unexpected.

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