High winds - safety tips for motorists

An umbrella being blown away by strong winds

During periods of high winds,  drivers should be extra careful when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads and are encouraged to find alternative routes where possible.

High wind may cause difficult driving conditions, especially to high-sided vehicles negotiating the Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 or Barton Bridge on the M60.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over.

We advise drivers to slow down and be aware of side winds and be particularly conscious of the dangers posed by debris that may have blown into the roadway.

As wind speed increases the pressure it exerts on your car increases too. Wind rarely blows steadily, and sudden gusts 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.

Driving during heavy rain

Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous, but you have a better chance of staying safe if you prepare for wet weather.

Be safe, and prepare for wet weather: 

View safety tips for driving in heavy rain or on flooded roads

Plan your journey

If you are planning to drive today, plan your journey before you set out:

  • Check the forecast and road conditions

  • Leave extra time for your journey if travel conditions are poor

  • Delay your journey if the weather becomes severe

UK wind forecast and traffic updates

UK wind forecast - Met Office website (opens in new window)

Met Office - severe weather warning (opens in new window)

Get live traffic updates from the Highways England (open in new window)

Last updated: Wednesday 24 October 2018

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