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Driving in windy conditions is a risk we often underestimate. Winter in the UK sees the windiest weather as the Gulf Stream moves further south and results in storms hitting the UK. The North and the West are the windiest areas. In the list of top 10 windiest locations in the UK, all are in Scotland apart from Gwynedd and the Isle of Wight.
Only undertake journeys in high winds if they are absolutely necessary. If you do set off and the wind speeds increase, it’s best to call ahead to notify your destination and stop somewhere safe. You’ll need to plan ahead and consider your route and whether there are particular features that will expose your vehicles to strong gusts, these could include bridges, overpasses or road cuttings that could funnel wind.
High winds often come with heavy rain so check your vehicle to ensure that the tyres and wipers are in good condition.
If you’re in the freight industry and you hear a forecast for windy weather, look for alert messages from Highways England. An amber alert means take care but a red alert means you shouldn’t be driving.
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