what we Wanted to winter? Here is the winter. The first time of the year comes to Spain, with rain, snow and wind, much wind. The same wind that some of us have been surprised, and almost makes us fly, when we would go out to the street this morning. The same wind that will make it a little more complicated to drive these days, especially for those blissful gusts of wind side. And that is why we believe that in these days it will be important to exercise extreme caution, to adapt our driving to wind gusts that exceed 100 km/h, and prevent scares unnecessary. Did you know that each winter there are more than 170 accidents because of the strong gusty wind? did you Know that in recent years there have been thousands of injuries and deaths due to accidents in which the wind was responsible? did you Know that 4.5% of accidents related to bad weather are due to winds? Here are 8 tips for driving with wind. To do so with security and comfort and avoid accidents.
4.5% of the accidents related to bad weather are due to winds.
1. Adapt your speed to the weather conditions.
Is a truism, but it is not remember. When the weather conditions become adverse, it is imperative to adjust our speed accordingly. The great danger of the speed and the wind is precisely in that a gust of lateral wind can make our car deviate from its trajectory, and at a higher speed, the thrust of the wind will cause us to drift away even more of our trajectory. Is advisable to reduce slightly the speed, especially in areas more exposed to wind, or in situations that we will detail below.
From Traffic are also advised to use gear shorter, to count with a greater capacity of response of the engine if necessary. That is to say, driven at slower speed, but with revs higher, which will also help us maintain control of our car.
2. The trees are your friends, but also can be your enemies.
beyond the feelings that you transmit the address of your car, it is really useful to control the movement of the branches in the tops of the trees. The place towards which you are moving the branches will indicate visually to see where it displaces the wind. The leaves of the trees, and the dust that it sheds the wind, and also will help us to visually check the direction of the wind. On the roads also tend to be windsocks, designed precisely to that end, to indicate the direction of the wind, and give us a reference on your intensity.
The great problem of trees is their fragility, and the strength of the wind, can often bet tricks. Trees falling on the road is a real danger, so we have to be especially careful on the mountain roads, passing by groves, and with many blind curves. The possibility of meeting with a tree knocked down on the road after a hill or a curve exists. Nor is it advisable to park under trees, not only because they can be shot down, but also because they may be falling branches and fruits that may damage the body of our car.
3. The danger of cross winds.
The changes of direction, sudden wind are perhaps the greatest danger that we will encounter in our journey. That is why it is very important to hold the steering wheel firmly, avoid distractions, not to make sudden movements, and try to correct those changes of direction to avoid the wind deviate our path. It is important to perform movements very soft and progressive. If contrarrestamos the effect of a gust of wind important with a movement of the steering wheel sharp and fast, if that gust of wind ceases, our path loss can be ostensible, and even cost you an accident.
4. a Lot of caution with overtaking (especially trucks, vans and cars bulky).
One of the most difficult situations with wind is that of the overtaking, especially heavy goods vehicles, such as trucks and buses. Their ability to act as a barrier to the wind will cause us to find ourselves with two situations in which we have to take maximum caution.
If the wind blows the right side and overtake a truck, the emparejarnos with the vehicle, we will see how our car is about toward this, as if we absorb them. To exceed the vehicle we will find that the wind is back to blowing on the right side, and we will have to fix it by avoiding that our car will move to the left. Also it will hamper our return to the right lane.
If the wind blows from the left to overtake the vehicle we find the opposite effect, with which our car is pushed to the right lane.
5. a Lot of caution in particularly dangerous areas, such as tunnels and viaducts.
The effect that we experience when passing a truck, multiplied by the effect of protective screen which exert the tunnels, or the mounds of the road. You must take into account that when you enter a tunnel it will stop the force of the wind that was pushing our car, and it will not be necessary to make corrections, and that at the exit of the new tunnel, will return the wind, this time with an address unknown to us, since you don’t necessarily have to be the same, or its intensity, that is found as you enter the tunnel.
The viaducts, by their nature, are places especially exposed to the force of the wind. The mounds surrounding the road may also act as a wall to stop the wind, with which we also have to be very careful and contemplate the landscape around the road to prevent unexpected movement.
6. very careful with the furniture and landslides.
In the city, we have to avoid as far as possible to park close to any element of the urban furniture capable of being pushed by the wind. Even in march it is important to be careful, it is nothing strange that a bin or a container begins to roll across a street. On the road we also need to be very cautious about the issue of the trees above mentioned, and because the wind tends to generate landslides.
7. Remember that the asphalt can be slippery.
beyond the tips are obvious to drive with rain or with snow, a phenomena that usually accompany the wind, we have to take into account that even without rain, the asphalt can be more slippery than usual. The wind tends to drag grit on the road, or do that are projected leaves and fruits of the trees. The accumulation of leaves and grit can get in serious trouble when negotiating a curve or turn at a roundabout.
8. I’m very aware of the limitations of your car.
The experience will tell you if your car is more or less prepared to fight the force of the wind. The vehicles that usually suffer the most by the gusts of wind side are those with body higher, and with higher lateral surface. Beyond trucks and vans, who suffer especially, large suvs, and SUV, because of its height, are those that require a greater care when dealing with the wind. If your car becomes difficult to drive in these conditions, be even more careful and respect all the advice I offer in this article.
on the other hand, it is also important to remember that, usually, cars that by their nature accuse more gusts of wind, as station wagons and SUV, tend to be more complicated to control if you lose the path, due to its high center of gravity.