High wind can accompany any type of inclement weather. Rain and snowstorms can produce high winds. You can still experience wind when a high profile vehicle passes you from the opposite direction. High winds are very seldom steady. No matter how experienced you are at driving, a sudden gust of wind could catch you unprepared.
Types of Winds:
• Headwinds – if they are strong and steady enough will make your vehicle work harder. If you are towing a trailer watch your temperature gauge and fuel gauge.
• Tailwinds – will give you a boost. It will assist you in your path of travel and quite often you are not aware of it until you turn across or into it’s path.
• Crosswinds – are winds that cross your direction of travel from the side. If they are steady then you can adjust into the direction they are blowing from.
• Artificial crosswinds are created when you are passing or being passed, or you are being passed in the opposite direction from high profile vehicles, such as a semi-truck. Got all that?
Some of the dangers of high winds include:
• Being blown off course – Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands upon the wheel
• Other vehicles can be blown into your path of travel. If its windy for you its windy for others.
• Keep your distance from all other vehicles and be especially watchful of motorcyclists and cyclists.
• Watch for debris in the road. Trash, trees, anything the wind can pick up, can be blown into your path.
• Assess the situation and act accordingly.
• Decide if it is important enough to drive.
• Plan your route.
• Let someone know that you are driving to a location that is experiencing high winds and how long it should take you to arrive.
• Watch weather reports and drive at speeds that are right for the conditions.
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