Despite the spring temperatures that we have had these days, winter is still present, so the weather may present its worst side. This is how we have verified these days with the damage that the wind has produced in areas. In Barakaldo, the strong wind has knocked down containers, trees and even a 40-meter-high scaffolding.
There are many storms that have already hit our peninsula, not counting those that are sure to come. Ice, snow, rain, and wind are characteristics that can make it difficult for us to drive on the road. Its effects on the road and our driving can be important.
Although the DGT recommends not driving our vehicle in these days of storms, it is not always easy to stay at home. Daily obligations drive us to have to use our private car, especially if we do not have other means of transport, so we cannot always abide by these recommendations.
That is why we will need to take extreme precautions so that our driving is carried out with greater safety, which will allow us to reach our destination in perfect condition and thus avoid accidents that, in many cases, can be prevented.
On other occasions we have referred to how to drive in rain and snow; On this occasion, we will give the importance it deserves to a meteorological effect that can also cause great risks on the road: Strong wind .
Knowing how to drive when the wind blows more than normal is very useful to improve our safety and minimize the risk of accidents. Take note of these tips and put them into practice whenever you need it.
How to drive in strong wind
1 avoid driving in these circumstances
The first measure that we must take into account, if we have the possibility, is to avoid driving when the weather is so extreme that it is not accompanied. Generally, the DGT makes this recommendation when the wind exceeds 70 km / h, so the most sensible thing to do is avoid driving in strong winds . However, we cannot always follow this recommendation; If we are in this situation, let’s move on to the next ones.
Driving at a speed higher than the permitted speed is not a recommended factor, not even when the weather is stable. When the wind blows strongly, this recommendation makes special sense. In these circumstances, we should not only avoid increasing it, but it will also be highly recommended to reduce it .
3 beware of overtaking
Overtaking poses a greater risk when the wind blows more than normal. Not only because of the increased speed they demand, but also because of the movement that we must trace on the road to perform them. On many occasions, overtaking produces an approach of the two cars , and if the wind is lateral, this approach may be greater.
Wind blows can divert our trajectory, especially when passing a bulky vehicle, at the entrance or exit of a tunnel, mound or unprotected area. If the wind came from our left side, it could push our vehicle to that same side, colliding with the other vehicle who, in turn, would push us to the right. If the wind is produced from the right side, the vehicle we are passing can aspire us , which would make it difficult for us to return to the lane once we have overtaken. The vegetation and / or the sleeves of the road are good allies to know the direction of the wind.
4.Increase the safety distance
Especially if the wind is frontal, we must respect, and even increase, the safety distance. Sometimes, the strong wind can displace our vehicle involuntarily, so we must have this possibility when it comes to maintaining distance with our fellow travelers.
5.Drive in the center of the lane
It is important to follow a central line, avoiding voluntarily moving to one of its sides. In this way, and in the event that it is the air that moves our vehicle, we will have more room for maneuver to restore the direction . In addition, we will minimize the risk of producing side collisions with other vehicles that circulate next to us or with the architectural elements that are part of the environment.
6.Firmness behind the wheel
The strong wind can wobble our car, which can affect our directionality. Therefore, it is highly recommended to hold the steering wheel with both hands , firmly but relaxed, to control directionality at all times, avoiding sudden movements that could jeopardize the stability of the vehicle.
This advice is especially important when exiting a tunnel or other architectural element that involves a sudden change in the strength of the wind, due to the so-called screen effect. On these occasions, slowing down will also be another tip that can be very useful.
7. keep calm
If we drive in a strong wind, we will most likely notice how our vehicle moves from side to side, becoming unstable. The shocks can come at any time, especially if we drive on wide roads that do not contain walls on their sides.
Staying calm is the first requirement for driving as smoothly as possible. Carrying out the advice that we bring to your attention in this article will prevent your level of nervousness from growing, so try to carry them out in the best possible way.