How to Drive Safely in the Wind

The wind seems harmless, worse not. A wind blow, a car “covered” by a truck, for example, with strong wind, can make you lose track when you stop being “protected.”

After rain and fog, it is the meteorological phenomenon that is behind more winter accidents. In the winter period of 2013-2016 (November-February), there were 734 accidents with victims, 29 deaths at 30 days, and 110 injured hospitalized. It can appear at any time (sometimes we don’t even perceive it from inside the car) and play tricks on us. For example, if we go through areas that protect our vehicle from the wind, such as constructions, a mound, or simply a truck, when we go over it and stop being “protected,” the wind blow can divert the trajectory and get us into a good mess…

drive safely in the wind

Dangers

When it blows on our left, and we cross another vehicle, the “thrust” is interrupted, and the car tends to move towards the area from which the wind blows and then, abruptly, to the right.

If it blows from the right, and goes ahead, for example, to a truck, the car will be “sucked” by the bulky vehicle, but instantly after finishing the overtake the wind will make it difficult for us to follow the path along our lane…

Also, do not forget to look at the tracks (vegetation, dust clouds, wind sleeves) that indicate the direction and intensity of the wind.

drive safely in the wind

What to do

Reduce speed and run with lower gear than normal to have greater responsiveness with engine strength. On the other hand, we recommend that you do not make sudden movements to avoid shaking. Hold the steering wheel firmly to offer more resistance to car movements.

We remind you that it is advisable to check the weather forecasts before going on a trip and always take precautions at the wheel to ensure your safety and that of other drivers.

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