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Here are a few simple tips for safe driving in the wind and rain. Firstly, ask yourself if your journey is strictly necessary, or if it can be delayed. If not, be sure to check whether there are any delays or incidents along your route.
Wet roads can double stopping distances so allow yourself plenty of space and reduce your speed. If your vehicle hits surface water and loses grip, take your foot off the accelerator rather than braking, and try not to steer too suddenly. If you encounter flooding, drive slowly, in a low gear, while keeping the revs high, making a special effort not to stall. Test your brakes afterwards, to make sure they’re still working.
Gusts of wind are particularly hazardous to high-sided vehicles, but can also knock cars and cyclists off course. Stretches of open road may be susceptible to cross winds and be conscious of gusts when passing bridges, trees and large vehicles such as lorries.
Follow these simple tips to help you stay safe on the roads if you must venture out in the stormy conditions.