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Driving in Bad Weather

Last updated  21 May 2018

We should all be used to storms and high winds but many people don’t take a few simple precautions to ensure they drive safely during a bad storm. Don't take risks by driving during bad weather. Follow our advice to stay safe on the road during a storm.


  • If possible do not drive in a serious storm.
  • Always keep both hands on the wheel.
  • If you have to drive during a storm slow down and be aware of side winds and any debris that may have blown into the road. The lower your speed the less  strong gusts will blow you off course.
  • Be extra careful on exposed bridges or high open roads and be ready for sudden gusts when passing tall buildings in urban areas.
  • Take care when passing high sided vehicles of gusts when you clear them.
  • Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes should take extra care.
  • Take care and leave extra room around cyclists and motorcyclists who are particularly vulnerable to sudden gusts and may veer across the road.
  • Twigs or small branches in the road could mean there’s a tree or large branch in the way around the next bend.

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