If it’s not freezing cold, it’s raining. If it’s not raining, it’s windy. If it’s not doing one, it’s doing all three.
Storm Brendan has battered the west coast of Ireland this week and is on it’s way to bluster and blow it’s way across Britain, causing a path of havoc (and upturned umbrellas) behind it.
But there’s plenty you can do to keep safe, keep warm and drive smoothly to ensure that you don’t get caught up in any unnecessary damage to your vehicle or traffic.
They’re all pretty straight forward – any clever person would be ensuring that they’re ready for the worst to happen – but it can’t hurt to get some top tips from GEM Motoring Assist, who are experts in Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Recovery Service.
The company’s top tips include:
- Don’t travel if you don’t need to – if it looks dangerous outside, it probably is! Stay in – there’s some good things on the TV at the minute anyway!
- Expect strong gusts – especially in areas that funnel the wind (valleys, wide open spaces) – and keep your distance from high sided vehicles.
- Wet weather means your braking distance is longer – brake earlier, stop safer.
- Just because it isn’t night time, doesn’t mean you don’t need your lights. If you think you need them, use them – it’s better to be seen.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “We want all road users to be aware of how risk increases when weather conditions become more challenging.”
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