#StormCallum: 70mph winds and heavy rain are on the way

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As the country is braced for Storm Callum we have some important tips to keep in mind when driving in windy weather conditions writes Geraldine Herbert

  • Plan your journey – is there a route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees? Choose a sheltered route if you have the option.
  • Be aware of the danger posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway.
  • Wind rarely blows steadily, and a sudden gust can catch out even the most experienced driver. Expect sudden gusts at any time, but particularly on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges or when overtaking high-sided vehicles.
  • Make sure both hands are in the correct position on the wheel.
  • High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, so be aware that strong gusts can blow them into your path, but high gusts can also throw a car off particularly aware of this on open stretches of road exposed to strong cross winds.
  • Be aware that your car may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles, so keep well back from them and take extra caution when overtaking.
  • Controlling your speed is an important factor – reducing your speed will provide additional stability.

Geraldine Herbert

10th October 2018

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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