With Storm Eleanor hitting many parts of the UK, and a number of lorries blowing over in high winds as a result, Road Haulage Association (RHA) offers some advice to hauliers on how to keep safe on the road.
In severe windy conditions, high-sided vehicle’s are advised to avoid exposed areas such as high-level bridges, viaducts or open stretches of road.
Curtain-sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable to high cross-winds. If a trailer is empty the risk of being blown over can be reduced by tying back the curtains. RHA advises hauliers to assess the risk and follow 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 but if it’s 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.
Consider rerouting or rescheduling where necessary.
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.
Winds are expected to die down by Thursday (January 4), but the weekend will see temperatures fall considerably across the UK.