RAC Urges Motorists to Take Care While Driving in High Winds and Gales

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With Severe Weather Warnings Forecast for the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, Wales, Northern Ireland and the East Midlands Today and Tomorrow, RAC is Advising Motorists to Take Extra Care When Driving in Such Conditions.

With severe weather warnings forecast for the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, Wales, Northern Ireland and the East Midlands today and tomorrow, bringing severe gales and potentially damaging gusts, RAC is advising motorists to take extra care when driving in such conditions.

Gusts of up to 80mph are predicted which may cause disruption to transport and power supply networks as well as damage to buildings. In such severe weather motorists should always remember to drive within their capabilities and those of their vehicle.

RAC advises motorists to be wary of the following:

  •     Take care when passing large commercial vehicles
  •     When driving in exposed areas, vehicles could be hit by sudden gusts of wind
  •     Crossing high exposed bridges
  •     Leaving a sheltered area, such as woodland, into an open area
  •     Vehicles towing caravans
  •     High sided vehicles such as vans and people carriers are more likely to be affected
  •     Avoid using top or roof boxes on the roof as this increases susceptibility to cross-winds
  •     Allow extra space when passing cyclists as your wind wake may affect them
  •     Look out for debris on the road
  •     Make sure that you park your car in a safe place – avoid parking under trees, near houses with loose roof tiles

Motorcyclists especially should be aware of the effects of strong winds due to the increased risks of being on two wheels.

RAC Patrol Ambassador of the Year, Alan Wilcock said: “High winds can be very dangerous to all road users and we would advise caution when travelling in such conditions. These gusts have the potential to cause serious accidents across the road network, which is why motorists need to take care.

“RAC would ask motorists to consider if their journey is really necessary and to delay travelling if the weather becomes severe. If you do have to travel, listen out for local news bulletins to keep up to date with road closures.”

If conditions become too severe for driving, RAC suggests pulling over as soon as it is safe to do so, and wait until conditions improve before continuing your journey.

For further information, please contact:
Erik Nelson : RAC Press Office : 01603 682264 : erik.nelson (at) aviva (dot) co.uk

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