Severe gales – warning to drivers

This weekend's severe gales will pose problems to all drivers, not just those in high sided vehicles, warned the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). With forecasters predicting inland gales of up to 75mph, the IAM said that motorways will be particularly hazardous

This weekend's severe gales will pose problems to all drivers, not just those in high sided vehicles, warned the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists).

With forecasters predicting inland gales of up to 75mph, the IAM said that motorways will be particularly hazardous.

"Not only are strong side winds and rain predicted, there will be the inevitable local flooding that follows from drains blocked by leaves. These conditions can challenge even experienced drivers," said Mr Rodger.

The IAM advised:


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HEAVY RAIN - watch for the shiny patches that are lying water; give yourself a longer gap to other traffic, and be ready to slow down when you need to; keep the demister working; don't soak pedestrians or cyclists by running through puddles .

FLOODING - lower your speed right down and choose the shallowest route available , use the middle of the road if that's where it is and you can. Use a low gear to keep revs high and control speed by slipping the clutch (beware that water could enter the exhaust, so keep the revs up). Make sure you can see the way out before you enter water, and if it is too deep, or too fast moving, don't risk it.

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HIGH WINDS - Slow down - you are more vulnerable to side winds at higher speeds. Give yourself more space, with plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front; take particular care when passing large vehicles and motorcycles, and be ready for side winds at gaps in buildings or as you come out of a cutting. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable to side winds.

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