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Tips for driving in the wind


  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Be ready for stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road or when passing high-sided vehicles
  • Be ready for sudden gusts when passing tall buildings in urban areas
  • Keep your speed down – strong gusts won’t blow you as far off course
  • Take care and leave extra room around cyclists and motorcyclists. They're particularly vulnerable to sudden gusts and may veer across the road
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles, especially high-sided vehicles and caravans
  • Avoid towing high-sided trailers like caravans or horseboxes if very windy conditions are forecast
  • Twigs or small branches in the road could mean there’s a tree or large branch in the way around the next bend
  • Partially fallen trees can hang above the sweep of your headlights, making them hard to spot
  • Plan your journey carefully, checking weather and traffic bulletins regularly
  • Expect lower speed limits or temporary closures on exposed bridges – especially for towing vehicles – and road closures due to fallen debris or accidents
Source: The AA

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