Some tips on how to safely drive in windy conditions.
It may usually be hot in summer and cold in winter but in Australia it can be windy at any time of the year.
Driving in windy conditions, especially if towing a caravan or piloting a truck, can make driving a more difficult and tiring proposition. When the wind is really blowing you should reassess whether you even need to be travelling, especially if you are undertaking highway travel.
Then there is also the danger of debris being blown into your path and tree branches coming down.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) director of standards, Mark Lewis, has offered this advice.
Tips for Driving in High Winds;
- Plan your journey beforehand and check for any travel disruptions that may affect you.
- If you can, avoid driving through country roads which are more likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris.
- Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning an overtake.
- Remember to give vulnerable road users including, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual. They are more likely to be blown around by side winds.
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
- As you approach a bend ensure you are able to stop on your own side of the road in the distance you can see to be clear - you never know what’s around the corner. If large debris is obstructing the road ahead, be prepared to make a U-turn and use another route.
- Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds.
- Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.
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