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Tips for Driving in the Wind

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Wind is a hidden weather danger that can be difficult to anticipate. A single gust of wind can shift your car if you’re not paying attention. If you notice windy conditions, here are a few things to keep in mind.


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Tips for Driving in the Wind

Driving Fast

Slow down

Of course, one of the easiest things you can do to reduce winds is to slow down. This will help you maintain control of your vehicle and give you more time to react to any mishaps that may occur.

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Keep an eye on big rigs

The larger the vehicle, the more likely it is to shift in gusts of wind. Of course, you always want to be conscious of sharing the roads with big rigs, but wind can heighten the risks. Avoid driving directly next to large semi-trucks and give them plenty of space.

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Anticipate the winds when turning

If you are turning, keep in mind which direction the wind is coming from. The wind will either push against you or push you into the turn. If the wind is behind you, slow your speed so you aren’t rushed into the turn.

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Keep both hands on the wheel

With potential gusts of wind, your vehicle could shift at any moment. Make sure you have both hands on the wheel and avoid technology distractions. Even taking your eyes off the road for a moment could mean losing control of your vehicle.

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Be conscious of the wind, its direction, and potential gusts when you’re on the road. In addition to steering your own vehicle, keep an eye out for those around you struggling to maintain control.


Sources: Defensive DrivingTravelers,