Aging and strong winds hit much of the UK due to Hurricane Franklin.
With worse weather in the back, is it safe to get behind the wheel?
Is it safe to drive today?
Road safety experts have advised motorists to check for up-to-date weather information in their local area before embarking on a journey.
The Met Office still applies yellow warnings across the UK, mainly in the Midlands and the north of England.
If the weather conditions are extremely bad, do not start your journey.
Flooding can block roads or pose a risk of flooding – causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
Attempting to drive through deep water can damage your vehicle and stall the engine, leaving you stranded on the road.
The stopping distance must also be increased in wet conditions, so make sure there is enough room if you need to brake suddenly.
Driving in strong winds can also be very dangerous and can force your engine into a different direction.
You should always be on the lookout for debris on the road, allowing yourself enough time to drive around it.
Drivers in rural areas should be especially wary of crosswinds that could send them off track.
How should I drive during a storm?
Driving in a storm requires patience and good awareness of your surroundings.
The RAC recommends checking your tires prior to a trip to make sure they have enough wear as this can prevent water retention.
Make sure your wipers are also working properly and your visibility is as good as possible.
Try and start your journey when the weather cools but if you must drive then drive slowly.
It is better to use main roads as they are likely to be safe, although there may be more road users to be aware of.
If you see flood water, the Met Office advises you to simply turn around and not attempt to drive through water as it is the number one cause of death during flooding.
Most of all do not take unnecessary trips or venture on dangerous roads.
What did the experts say?
National Highways Head of Road Safety, Jeremy Phillips, said: “Rainstorm weather can be extremely unpredictable so be prepared for the worst and stay alert. As always, you’ll need to Decide if you want to give up the journey altogether.
“For those traveling, we encourage drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before commencing their journey and consider their journey essential and subject to possible delays for until the condition improves. If you intend to travel, plan your trip and be more careful, giving more time to your journey.”
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Several areas could see snow accompanied by strong winds, a particularly dangerous combination and a potentially extremely dangerous area for motorists.”
He also encourages people to check local weather conditions and make decisions based on that.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/5082339/safe-to-drive-today-storm/ Is it safe to drive in the UK today? – Irish Sun