TOP tips have been issued to motorists to help ensure they do not get caught out in windy weather.
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging drivers to be prepared and aware of what could happen in gusty conditions.
The advice includes planning your journey to use a sheltered route with less exposure to the weather and less risk of fallen trees if possible, hold the steering wheel firmly, give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual, watch trees and bushes on the roadside as their branches show you how strong the wind is, and look well ahead so you don’t need to take your eye off the road and can see any windy patches before you get to them.
Drivers should also go slowly enough to cope with the gusts, keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles, keep extra distance from the car in front and be careful of debris.
For more information on driving in tricky conditions, as well as traffic updates and weather forecasts, visit www.drivingadvice.org.uk