RHA issues advice on keeping safe during high winds

15-01-2018 09:35

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has issued advice to haulage operators on how to keep safe while driving in high winds. With strong winds hitting various parts of the UK, and a number of lorries blowing over as a result, the RHA is reminding haulers on how to keep safe while driving in high winds.

In severe windy conditions, avoid exposed areas such as high-level bridges, viaducts or open stretches of road, especially if you are in a high-sided vehicle.

Curtain sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable to high cross winds. If your trailer is empty you can reduce the risk of being blown over by tying back the curtains. Please assess the risk and follow your safe working procedures before doing so.

Often with high winds comes the risk of flooding. It’s always best to avoid driving in flooded areas however if its unavoidable be cautious and expect the unexpected. Rivers and streams may suddenly rise and break their banks, and a flooded road may be deeper than you think.

Always be aware of vulnerable road users in severe weather conditions, especially cyclists and pedestrians.

The Met Office has warned that delays on roads and ferries can be expected. Air and rail services may also be affected by the weather.

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