Essential tips for safe driving in windy conditions

Over shoulder of driver, approaching brow of hill, day.

Published 4 March 2022
Last updated 4 March 2022

In this blog we explore how to stay safe when it's windy. On the way you'll learn about journey planning, overtaking and vulnerable road users.

Goodness it’s been blustery outside! I don’t know, as soon as you think there’s a bit of Spring sunshine peeping through the clouds, in blows Storm Eunice, lashing rain and high winds in its wake.

That said, your friends at Safe Driving for Life are always on the alert for good blog topics and rubbish weather is often a great inspiration. So with that in mind, we’ve prepared a super-useful guide to driving in windy conditions.

Safe Driving in Windy Weather

  • We often say this, but it doesn’t make it any less valid. Ask yourself: do you really need to go out? High winds and rain present genuine hazards for drivers, so if you don’t need to drive, then stay at home.
  • Before you travel, check the weather forecast. Listen to the local radio for conditions in your area. Not only will you find out the latest weather warnings you’ll also hear if there are any accidents or road closures. There are plenty of weather apps and online sites you can check too, for example the Met Office website.
  • Plan your route. If there’s a journey option, choose a route that keeps you away from exposed areas, such as bridges or high ground.
  • Slow down, driver! Don’t drive at excessive speeds. Strong gusts of wind can cause your vehicle to be blown off course. The slower you drive, the more chance you have of keeping control.
  • Make extra safety checks before you overtake – particularly if the vehicle you’re overtaking has high sides. Lorries with large, high trailers for example (or box vans) can get buffeted by crosswinds that push them into your path. If you have any doubts at all, don’t commit to overtaking until you’re sure it’s safe.
  • Look out for people on motorcycles or bicycles. Their small size and light weight makes them vulnerable to windy conditions. They can easily be blown off course so do not drive too close and give them plenty of room when you overtake.
  • Park in a sensible place. Leaving your car exposed to the elements in windy conditions can leave it vulnerable to flying debris such as roof tiles and tree branches. Even worse it could be damaged by a falling tree or power lines. If you have a garage to park it in then it’s best to use it. If you haven’t, then try to find a place that offers your vehicle as much protection as possible.

Gone with the Wind

Well that about wraps this blog up. We hope that you’ve enjoyed our latest post – remember to stop by again soon for more top tips and advice.

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