safe during winds

Here are 5 tips on how to stay safe on the roads during wind and storm

The latest news has confirmed that storm Gladys will be affecting Northern England and Scotland shortly. As Franklin and Eunice pass, people are advised to avoid travel when it is possible. However, avoiding work or travel is not an option; our solicitors have shared some tips on how to stay safe in these weather conditions. As a driver, if you believe you were travelling in the safest possible way and were still involved in an accident due to no fault of your own, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side. 

Drive slowly

The best and most valuable advice that our solicitors can give; is to take your time. Slow down in busier areas, especially if the weather is making the road conditions dangerous. Furthermore, if you see hazards on the roads, you will be able to stop quicker. 

Allow more room when overtaking 

During windy and slippy weather conditions, some vehicles are more prone to be affected and swerve on the road. When overtaking, make sure to leave plenty of space for vehicles that are more likely to be affected by weather conditions. Be cautious around motorbikes, bikes and larger vehicles such as lorries, as they are more likely to be affected by weather conditions. 

Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front 

Make sure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. The car in front of you may suddenly come to a stop to avoid hazards, and you may have to stop. Allow yourself a greater distance from the vehicle in front to avoid a collision. Compared to standard weather conditions, the stopping distance in the rain can be 2 times greater. Ice and snow can be 10 times greater. 

Make sure to plan your journey 

Stormy weather conditions usually cause delays on the roads; make sure to check maps for road closures and roads with warnings to avoid major delays during your journeys. Check for safer routes and make sure to set off well ahead to avoid delays. 

Park in a safe location 

Strong gusts of wind can knock down trees, walls and buildings, make sure to park away from objects that are likely to be affected by the winds; if you can park in a garage or a sheltered parking zone. 

What should I do if I were involved in an accident? 

All accidents are different; many factors can contribute to the cause of an accident. Even as a good and competent driver, you can be involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and experience injuries. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and faced severe injuries as a consequence; we advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side now. 

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