It’s time to batten down the hatches as Hurricane Ophelia moves closes to Ireland. We have some tips for driving in windy weather writes Geraldine Herbert
- Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees? Choose a sheltered route if you have the option.
- Be aware of the danger posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway.
- Wind rarely blows steadily, and a sudden gust can catch out even the most experienced driver. Expect sudden gusts at any time, but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or when overtaking high-sided vehicles. Make sure both hands are in the correct position on the wheel.
- High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, so be aware that strong gusts can blow them into your path, but high gusts can also throw a car off particularly aware of this on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross winds.
- Avoid using cruise control so you can better control your car’s speed.
- Be aware that your car may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles, so keep well back from them and take extra caution when overtaking.
- Controlling your speed is an important factor – reducing your speed will provide additional stability.
- Take care when passing pedestrians , cyclists and motorcyclists and leave extra room, remember they can be blown across your path.
- Check weather and traffic bulletins regularly and if conditions are likely to worsen then stay home.
14th, October, 2017