No matter the season, all road users are at risk of experiencing a road traffic accident, no matter the level of caution they adopt when driving. Variables such as the weather, road conditions and third party drivers cannot be accounted for, and as such, there is always a chance of an accident on the road.
With that in mind, in extreme weather, such as gale winds, the risk of experiencing a car collision is heightened due to the dangers triggered by adverse conditions.
Minimising accidents on the road in gale winds
At times when wind force is high, it is essential to prepare both yourself and your motor for your intended journey to minimise the risk of road-related accidents. On a basic level, take extra care when driving and pre-plan your journey so you are aware of any possible problems on the road.
High-sided vehicles, such as lorries, vans and trailers, are particularly affected by windy conditions. On open roads, especially, high winds can blow these vehicles off course, presenting risk of a road accident for both the driver and fellow motorists. Yet, in the case of gale winds, standard size vehicles, such as cars, are also vulnerable to this issue.
When winds are high, stay vigilant and ensure your vision is clear. It is likely that debris from trees and litter will be scattered across the road. This can cause momentary vision concerns. If you run over objects such as these, your accident on the road can be severe, even life threatening.
Heading out onto the roads in gale winds
Apart from planning your journey in advance of travelling, if you do have to venture out in gale winds, the AA recommend that you regularly check traffic bulletins for any weather or traffic announcements.
It is also suggested that you always carry a fully charged mobile phone and weather-appropriate clothing in case of an accident or other road-related emergency.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice