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5 tips for driving in windy conditions

Windy conditions often accompany rain and snowstorms, but strong, sustained winds and wind gusts can happen on their own, creating extra dangers for employees who drive for work. Keeping in mind that the roadway may be an extension of the workplace, our tips can help keep your employees safer.

driving in windy conditions

1Watch the weather

Local National Weather Service offices issue high-wind watches, warnings, or advisories when winds will make it difficult to drive. If heavy winds are predicted and you are aware of trouble spots along a route, find a better route. Expect winds to be worse in exposed places, such as straight, open roads; bridges and overpasses; or between hills.

2Be aware of high-profile vehicles

High-sided, narrow vehicles, such as large trucks, vans, buses, and those towing cargo, are more vulnerable to losing control or tipping over in high winds. In windy weather, high-profile vehicles can also create turbulence for motorcycles and other small vehicles. Drivers should pay extra attention to the road and anticipate gusts in windy conditions.

3Keep your distance

Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles to give yourself and other motorists time and space to avoid tree branches or other wind-generated objects in the road. Turn on your headlights to see better through dust, dirt, or snow that the wind kicks up.

4Keep your hands on the wheel

Heavy winds make it harder to steer and handle a vehicle, so keep a strong grip on the wheel. Better yet, stay off the road if you aren’t comfortable driving. Pull over to a solid shoulder, parking lot, or other safe place until the wind dies down.

5Slow down

Driving slower than the posted speed limit helps lessen the dangers of wind and it helps you better control the vehicle.

 

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Last updated: 3/4/2018