Met Office issues driving tips amid Storm Isha

Rainy car windscreen

Use your headlights if visibility is low

Storm Isha blew in over the weekend and the after effects are set to continue over the next few days. 

What is Storm Isha? 

Storm Isha was caused by cold Arctic air being replaced by Atlantic winds, making it warmer but much wetter and windier. 

The Met Office has issued several amber and yellow weather warnings across the country, cautioning the public of extremely high winds and heavy rain. 

Storm Isha’s wind speed has reached over 100mph in some areas, but has an average wind speed of between 50-80mph. 

How to stay safe on the roads 

Before you set off, it’s important to think about whether you really need to drive. If your journey isn’t essential, it’s best to stay indoors and wait out the storm. 

However, if your journey is essential, the Met Office has teamed up with the RAC and National Highways to issue three tips to help you stay safe when driving in stormy weather:

Use dipped headlights 

Heavy rain can dramatically reduce visibility on the roads, so if you can’t see more than 100m in front of you it’s best to use dipped headlights, even if it isn’t completely dark outside. 

Widen the gap 

There is less traction between your tyres and the road in wet weather, so it’s best to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially if there is low visibility as well. 

Aim to leave at least an extra four seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you. 

Grip your steering wheel 

High winds can unsettle vehicles so driving with both hands firmly gripping the steering wheel will help you keep control of your car.  

Large gusts of wind can drag vehicles, especially small or lightweight cars, off-course which can be very dangerous. Driving with both hands on the wheel and remaining alert will help you stay in control and allow you to countreract the wind. 

If you want to know more about staying safe on the road, check out our blog on driving safely in freezing conditions. 

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