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Driving safely in windy weather


Posted on 08/02/19

Driving in windy weather can be very risky and it’s important to make sure you are as prepared as possible. The first step is to decide if your journey is really necessary in the severe weather? Only travel if you have no other choice.

Gusts of wind can bring down tree branches, knock house debris and electrical lines on to roads and blow other cars into your path.

One road user who should be extra wary of windy weather are motorcyclists. They should avoid travelling in high cross winds as it can really affect their handling

Following these top tips will give you the best chance of staying safe, should you decide to drive:

Before you set out

• It’s always a good idea to pack a few supplies before you brave hazardous weather. The RAC recommend a fully charged mobile, some food and water.

• Listen to local radio stations to keep up to date with heavy traffic, road closures and delays.

On the road

• It is important to drive slowly as high winds can affect your braking and overall control of your car. 

• Bursts of winds are more likely on open stretches of road, passing bridges or driving past gaps in hedges so prepare yourself for sudden gusts of wind.

• Overtaking, especially 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.

• Keep both hands on the wheel and a firm grasp to maintain as much control as possible. 

• Give more room to other road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses. They can easily become affected by side winds.

• Keep extra distance than normal between you and other drivers.


• Park your car in a safe place in an open space – avoid parking under trees, landlines and construction areas.

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