Only travel if it is essential.
Take precautions by ensuring that any outdoor items such as bins, ladders and garden furniture are secured to prevent them being blown into the roads or through windows
Allow extra time for travelling, slow down, be aware of side winds and be particularly conscious of the dangers posed by debris that may have blown into the road.
Be extra vigilant when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads.
Road Safety During Storms
Road safety can be seriously affected by heavy rain and high winds. Rain and road spray reduces visibility and increases stopping distances for all vehicles. High winds can also impact your steering, especially in high-sided vehicles or lightweight vehicles like motorbikes.
Here are some tips you can follow to improve your road safety in stormy weather:
- Avoid unnecessary travel during inclement weather.
- Drive to road conditions.
- Reduce your speed if necessary.
- Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front.
- Always use your headlights to make sure you’re visible.
- Never drive through flood water.
Preparing for Bad Weather
Here are precautions you can take when extreme weather is forecast. These tips can help limit the risk of damage to your property and injury to yourself and your loved ones.
- Sign up to weather alerts so you are warned in advance.
- Put a care package together with torches, warm clothes, and long-life food in case you’re left isolated.
- Put away any garden furniture and loose items that could break windows.
- Make sure wheelie bins are secured.
- Follow local flood group advice if you live in a high-risk area.
- If you must drive, beware of debris on the roads.
- Remember to call 999 straight away in an emergency.