Driving in strong winds

In strong wind sudden gusts can catch drivers out no matter how experienced they are.

Plan your journey

  • Check the forecast and road conditions.
  • Leave extra time for your journey if travel conditions are poor.
  • Delay your journey if the weather becomes severe.
  • Plan your route. Is there a sheltered route you could use?

Be prepared

  • Strong winds may mean debris on the roads. Be prepared for debris that may obstruct the roads.
  • Using top or roof boxes as this increases susceptibility to cross-winds.

Allow more room

  • Cyclists, motorcyclists, vehicles towing caravans, lorries and buses need more room than usual. They get blown around easily by side winds.
  • Keep extra distance between you and the car in front. Consider increasing the two-second rule to three seconds.
  • When overtaking high-sided vehicles.  Driving past large vehicles can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear.

Tips for driving in strong winds

  • Slow down and be aware of side winds.  Strong winds can affect a vehicles handling and braking.
  • Take extra care when driving in exposed areas, vehicles could be hit by sudden gusts of wind.
  • Hold the steering wheel firmly. Strong winds are not constant; a sudden gusty and could catch you by surprise.
  • Watch what is happening to other vehicles. This may give you’re a pre-warning of side winds if they appear to be blown off course.
  • Take extra care if you are crossing high exposed bridges.

Park in a safe place

  • Park your car in a safe place. Avoid parking under trees or near buildings.