(PRWEB) December 14, 2011
Severe weather warnings have once again been forecast for the UK over the next few days. Gusts up to 70mph are expected and there is a possibility of 80mph gusts over exposed coasts and hills across much of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland on Thursday and Friday.
RAC is advising drivers to take extra care when driving in such conditions. In such severe weather motorists should always remember to drive within their capabilities and those of their vehicle.
Motorcyclists especially should also be aware of the effects of strong winds as they only have two wheels on the road!
Kevin Andrews, RAC patrol ambassador of the year, says: “I would advise drivers to check their proposed route before setting off to make the journey as trouble-free as possible – visit http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner to get up-to-date traffic and travel news. Alternatively drivers can download RAC’s Traffic app which utilises up-to-the-minute traffic updates.”
The app, which has received over one million downloads, is free and is available for both iPhone and Android phones. Drivers can download the app at the iTunes App Store and Android Market.
RAC advises drivers 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 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
RAC would ask drivers to consider if their journey is really necessary - only travel where there is no other option. If conditions get too difficult to cope with and you get the chance to pull over, do so and, if it is safe and legal, phone a family member or friend and let them know that you have stopped for a while.