Driving in strong winds can be a scary experience, but with the right knowledge and skills, it doesn't have to be. Many drivers might underestimate the power of high winds, they can lead to serious accidents or even car damage.
With Storm Debi bringing high winds of up to 80mph, we share our tips and tricks on how to tackle this blustery weather.
Slow your speed down
When driving in stormy conditions, it's essential that you take extra precautions to ensure your safety on the road. One of the most important things to do is to slow down your driving speed.
The strong winds that come with storms can easily affect the handling and braking of your car, which can be unexpected and dangerous. By slowing down, you allow yourself more time to anticipate gusts and minimise the impact on your driving.
Not only does this make you more aware of your surroundings, but it also gives you more control over your car, which can prevent accidents from occurring.
Look out for weather updates, road signs and any other information that might be useful while driving.
Be aware of pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles around you, especially when driving near high-sided vehicles as they may sway. Keep an eye on what is happening ahead to other vehicles. Spotting when vehicles appear to be blown off course by the wind could give you a pre-warning of the conditions.
Be extra cautious of larger vehicles
Large vehicles such as buses, lorries, and caravans are more susceptible to strong winds than smaller cars.
Be extra cautious when driving next to or overtaking, as they may sway suddenly due to gusts of wind. You will also need to watch out for side winds when passing larger high-sided vehicles. Keeping extra room on either side of your vehicle to allow for it being blown sideways.
Keep Both Hands on the Wheel
During strong winds, you need to have both hands on the wheel with a firm grip. A two-hand steering method provides better control and maneuverability, particularly during sudden gusts or crosswinds.
Maintain vehicle safety
Regular checks of your vehicle's tyres, brakes, steering, and suspension are especially important when tackling harsh weather such as strong winds.
Worn or under-inflated tyres can make it tricky to control your vehicle in bad weather. If you’d like to get your tyres checked and have that peace of mind next time you head out on the road, get in touch today!