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AA update on storm Ciara

AA update on storm Ciara

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Storm Ciara weather warnings – AA driving advice

With Storm Ciara predicted to wreak havoc across much of the UK this weekend, the AA is advising drivers to take care on the roads.

Weather warnings are in place across the UK until Tuesday (11 Feb). Strong winds and rain are expected to cause travel disruption and dangerous driving conditions.

Ben Sheridan, AA Patrol of the Year, advises: “Visibility is going to be really poor in areas taking the brunt of Storm Ciara so drivers need to stay vigilant”.

“It’s a really unpleasant combination and roads can quickly become blocked by fallen trees and flooding so give yourself plenty of extra time for your journeys and keep an eye on road closures and diversions before you set off. Make sure you always drive to the conditions – if you ignore warning signs there’s a real risk of aquaplaning or causing serious damage to your car. You’ve got to leave twice as much space between you and the car in front to account for greater stopping distances. Even if the road looks clear, wind can blow vehicles and debris into your path so you need to stay alert”.

“Driving conditions can quickly deteriorate during stormy weather, with drains becoming swamped and standing water causing problems such as surface spray, reduced visibility and potentially leading to flooding, so drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways.”

Drivers can check conditions for their route using AA Roadwatch.

More advice on driving in winter is available on the AA website.

AA tips for driving in strong wind:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel.
  • Be ready for stronger winds and gusts on exposed stretches of road, or when passing high-sided vehicles.
  • Keep your speed down – strong gusts won’t blow you as far off course.
  • Take care around cyclists, motorcyclists and horse-riders.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles, especially high-sided vehicles and caravans.
  • Twigs or small branches in the road could mean there’s a tree or large branch in the way around the next bend.
  • Partially fallen trees can hang above the sweep of your headlights, making them hard to spot.
  • Plan your journey carefully, checking weather and traffic bulletins regularly. Expect lower speed limits or temporary closures on exposed bridges, and road closures due to fallen debris or accidents.

 

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