In the United States, weather-related automobile accidents account for about 16% of all vehicular deaths. Of all the on-road weather hazards, wind is easily one of the most underestimated. Keep reading for some driving tips that can help get you to your destination safely in high winds.
Tips for Driving Safely in High Winds
Watch for Downed Structures and Debris
High winds have been known to topple structures like trees and power lines. Keep your eyes peeled for on-road or falling debris. If you come across a downed power line, call 911 and seek an alternate route.
Be Wary of Larger Vehicles
Larger vehicles like trucks, RVs and busses have more surface area for wind to catch on, making them much harder to control. Keep as much distance from these vehicles as possible.
Drive Along the Wind Current
Gusts of wind running perpendicular to your vehicle can cause you to veer off road or out of your lane. If you can avoid driving North in an East wind, you should take the alternate route.
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How Windy is too Windy to Drive?
A Wind Advisory is issued when there are sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of wind 46 to 57 mph. Large vehicles will be difficult to drive under these wind conditions.
A High Wind Watch is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or higher or gusts of wind 58 mph or higher are possible. These conditions will make driving difficult, so unnecessary driving should be postponed, especially for drivers with large vehicles. Watch for downed trees and power lines.
A High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or higher or gusts of wind 58 mph or higher are expected. These conditions will make driving very difficult. All drivers should refrain from driving, especially those with larger vehicles. Watch for downed trees and power lines.
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