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Thousands of car breakdowns expected in stormy weather

Car breakdown

Published at 10:57am 12th March 2019.

This week's forecast has prompted Green Flag to give us tips on how to drive safe in strong gusts.

The breakdown cover company is predicting that they'll attend 135,000 callouts between Tuesday and Friday this week (12th - 15th March).

With Storm Gareth battering the UK, packing winds of up to 80 miles per hour and heavy rain at times, we're warned to prepare ourselves.

Of those callouts, Green Flag's expecting to deal with 73,000 breakdowns - which works out as 13 EVERY MINUTE.

Car breakdown
Green Flag is expecting a busy few days ahead

Lucy Davies, at Green Flag, said:

"Wet and windy weather can cause unsafe driving conditions, so we urge drivers to stay safe when taking to the roads this week. As well as the hazards brought about by rain, wind can also cause flying or falling debris, damage to hinges when opening doors, and difficulty manoeuvring a vehicle through gusts and gales. Drivers should leave plenty of distance between other vehicles, avoid parking under or near trees, take care opening doors, and reduce speeds."

HOW TO PREP YOUR CAR FOR THE WEATHER CONDITIONS:

Here's some tips from the breakdown cover firm to make sure you're as ready as you can be:

  1. Walk around the car and look for any signs of potential trouble, especially tyres and lights
  2. Check tyre pressures, spare included
  3. Check all fluid levels and top up if necessary
  4. Make sure you have breakdown cover
  5. Keep a road map in the car so you'll be able to explain where you are when you call for help. Don't rely on the map on your phone - you won't always have signal
  6. Make sure your phone battery is topped up - think about buying an in-car charger just in case you need it
  7. Have the number for your emergency breakdown provider handy - you'll usually find it on your policy certificate so you could keep this in the glove box
  8. Carry a red warning triangle at all times
  9. Always keep some water and snacks in the car, in case you get stuck for a long time

 

Wind sock 2 (Pixabay)
Storm Gareth's due to bring us some really strong winds in the coming days

 

WINDY WEATHER DRIVING TIPS:

If the gusts really are picking up, there's some advice on how to drive safely:

  1. Reconsider the need to travel: Ask yourself if you really need to drive in these dangerous conditions. Avoiding travel in stormy weather is the safest course of action
  2. Plan your journey: Plan your route and check for disruption such as road closures or delays
  3. Hold that door: It's an obvious but often forgotten piece of advice: When opening a door - especially from the inside - have a firm grip of the door handle and be prepared for the wind to catch it. High winds can cause serious damage to door hinges
  4. Avoid debris: Try to avoid parking beneath trees or a building's roof as falling debris could damage your car or other people
  5. Get a grip: Keep both hands on the steering wheel, especially when faces with strong gusts of wind
  6. Leave room: Ensure you're reducing speeds and increasing the distance between you and other traffic. Be wary of high-sided vehicles, motorbikes and cyclists, as they're particularly vulnerable to the effects of the wind
  7. Expect the unexpected: When passing gaps between trees or buildings, or when crossing bridges, drivers should expect greater exposure to side winds. When you switch from a windy section to a sheltered area, the sudden loss of winds can be just as unbalancing to a vehicle
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