Recently, the UK saw an extreme weather situation with storm Eleanor hitting several parts of the country. These winds caused many high-sided vehicles to get blown over.
Assessing the current situation, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has sent out a reminder to hauliers about how they can stay safe while driving in such weather conditions.
According to the notice, one of the first preventive measures is to avoid driving on open stretches of roads and revealed areas like flyovers and high-level bridges where your vehicle is more prone to getting affected by severe winds. This is recommended especially for high sided vehicles.
One of the vehicles at most risk is a curtain-sided vehicle, especially when the wind is blowing across its path. A good way to stay protected while driving such a vehicle in high winds is to tie the curtains back if the lorry is not carrying any goods. This would help reduce the risk of getting affected by high-speed winds. Always make sure you follow the complete safety procedures before tying the curtains back.
High winds may also cause flooding in certain areas. If driving in such conditions is mandatory, it is important to always take all precautionary steps. Rivers and streams are a constant risk of breaking their banks and it is hard to assess the depth of water while driving through it. It is advised to drive with care and always staying being prepared for the worst.
Pedestrians and cyclists are at the highest risk in such weather conditions. Stay very alert and be considerate towards them. You may alter your plans or change your route if possible, to avoid putting yourself at risk.
Weather warnings have also been issued by the Met office. Delays are expected on the roads and ferries. Flights and train services may also be affected due to the weather conditions.