Travelling in high winds

High winds, either on their own or accompanying heavy rain as part of a storm, can be hazardous to road users.

Travelling in high winds

Certain types of vehicle are more prone to the effects of high winds. If your vehicle is susceptible to high-wind conditions, consider delaying your journey until weather conditions improve if you can.

Before you travel

Always check your vehicle.

As with any journey, it’s always best to plan ahead and look at the latest weather forecasts before you travel.

When you’re on the road

Slow down and keep focused on the road ahead – you may encounter debris from fallen trees, branches or other items blown by winds.

Gusts of wind can cause your vehicle to shake. Always keep good control of your vehicle by using both hands on the steering wheel.

Look out for gaps in trees or buildings, or when crossing bridges – you’re more likely to encounter side winds here. Keep room on either side of your vehicle to allow for it being blown sideways.

Watch out for side winds when passing larger high-sided vehicles. Keep room on either side of your vehicle to allow for it being blown sideways.

Follow the Highway Code's advice on windy weather.

How we help you

We use roadside signs to warn you of possible high winds or side winds. These could be displayed on electronic or fixed roadside signs.

Some locations also have wind socks located on the roadside. These give you a visual representation of the direction and severity of the wind.

We monitor the network for fallen trees and debris, and use specialist equipment to remove them as quickly as possible.

Sometimes during severe weather, for safety we may need to close certain structures to some classes of vehicle or all vehicles. Where possible, we’ll provide signed diversion routes.

Vulnerable vehicles during high winds include motorhomes, vans, transit vans with modifications, vehicles towing trailers or caravans, motorcycles, tippers, double decker buses, articulated HGV, abnormal loads, car transporters and high-sided rigid HGV

Top tip for driving in high winds

Keep to main roads if possible

Minor roads are more likely to be obstructed by fallen branches and debris, so keep to main routes if you can.