Motorists advised to be prepared for windy weather

Mon 16 Nov, 2015

With the Met Office forecasting windy conditions in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes for much of tomorrow (Tuesday 17 November) afternoon and evening, motorists are being advised to be prepared.

Keith Wheeler, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's road safety manager, said: "Check local traffic reports to see if there's any news about your route before you make your journey, and avoid travelling during the worst of the weather if you can.

"Take great care when driving in the dark in areas that you know have been affected by severe weather on previous occasions, and please don't ignore any diversion or road closure signs."

Driving tips during windy weather are:

  • Be alert to the danger posed by debris, including branches and slates, that may have blown into the roadway.
  • Remember, wind rarely blows steadily, and a sudden gust can catch out even the most experienced driver.
  • High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse-rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges or gaps in hedges.
  • In very windy weather your vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected, so keep well back from them when they are overtaking a high-sided vehicle.