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Driving in windy weather can be risky and it’s important to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Gusts of wind can bring down tree branches, knock house debris and electrical lines onto roads and blow other cars into your path. The first step is to decide if your journey is really necessary in the severe weather - only travel if you have no other choice.
Following these top tips will give you the best chance of staying safe, should you venture out.
Keep both hands firmly on the wheel to maintain as much control as possible.
You are more likely to be exposed to bursts of winds on open stretches of road, passing bridges or driving past gaps in hedges.
Overtaking large vehicles can be extremely dangerous as the wind will hit you once you clear and you may find it difficult to keep control.
Give more room to other road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses. They are more easily affected by side winds.
Avoid towing caravans or horse-boxes if very windy conditions are forecasted.
Avoid parking under trees, landlines and construction areas.
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable and should be extra wary. They should avoid travelling in high cross winds as it can really affect bike handling.
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