Tips for driving in windy weather

In very windy weather we advise you to take extra care on the roads. If you must drive in windy weather your first step is to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy:

  • Lights, indicators, reflectors, and nameplates must be kept clean and clear.
  • Make sure your brakes work properly.
  • Check your tyre pressure and tyre tread.

Also, before setting off:

  • Check the local and national weather forecasts.
  • Listen to local and national radio for travel information.
  • Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive.

What else should I do?

The golden rule is to keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead. Reduce your speed so that you can react accordingly to any situations that arise, such as falling or fallen branches and trees.

Are any vehicles particularly affected?

All types of vehicles can be, but high-sided vehicles are particularly affected. On open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds (or when passing bridges and high-sided vehicles), strong gusts can blow a vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course.

What should I take with me?

Having a breakdown kit in your car at all times is a good idea. Also, pack some spare clothes, food and drink and your mobile phone. It’s a good idea to pre-load your phone with relevant numbers such as those of local emergency services.