Be prepared for driving in stormy conditions

29th October 2013

The UK is currently preparing itself for one of the worst storms to hit the nation for some years, with windy and wet conditions set to make driving a challenge in the coming days.

In a bid to reduce the likelihood of collisions and accidents in the UK, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has offered advice from Peter Rodger, Britain's top advanced driver.

The first step towards staying safe on the roads during stormy conditions is to plan a journey, making sure you take routes with less exposure to the weather and the likelihood of falling trees.

Holding the steering wheel firmly is also a key tip for drivers on the roads in windy conditions, as it can be gusty, which can easily force a vehicle off course and into another vehicle.

When overtaking high-sided vehicles or driving past buildings can result in a sudden gust from the side as you clear, so it is important to be prepared at all times and fully concentrating.

It is also important to give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual as they can get blown around a lot easier, which means they can suddenly move into the path of a vehicle.

Looking ahead and spotting these hazards is crucial at all times, but particularly so in the blustery conditions the UK is expecting in the coming days. Spotting how trees and bushes in the distance are being affected can provide an early warning when behind the wheel.

A simple way of reducing the danger you are exposed to is to cut back on the speed you are travelling. This will mean the gusts have less of an effect on your vehicle.

Once again, looking ahead and seeing how other cars are being affected by the gusting wind will help you adjust your driving style.

Driving expert Mr Rodger did say that if the weather is extremely bad, it may be best for drivers to postpone their journey until it settles down.