Other meteorological phenomena are more predictable, and you can prepare for a rainy day or an area with snow. Still, the wind can occur in a section of the road due to diverse circumstances that may catch you unexpectedly. These tips will help you drive with the car light bulb on a windy day more safely.
1. Extreme precautions and slow down
When weather conditions become adverse, it is essential to adapt our speed. Wherever the wind comes from, the first measure is to reduce the rate, since the car’s weight will allow for better grip on the road.
The great danger of combining speed and wind lies in the fact that a gust of lateral wind can cause our car to deviate from its trajectory, and at higher speed, the thrust of the wind will cause us to deviate even more from our trajectory. From the DGT, it is advisable to use shorter gears, to have greater engine response capacity if necessary, that is, use a high engine speed to more easily maintain the trajectory of your vehicle.
2. Watch for wind direction
Another of the important factors that will allow you to get the car faster is to detect the direction and force of the wind since you will be able to react immediately. However, if the wind is gusty, you may have frontal wind for a moment and pass through a valley and have a side wind blow, so you never have to trust yourself.
It is important to control the movement of the branches in the treetops. The place to which the branches move visually will indicate to us where the wind is moving. There are wind sleeves, designed precisely for that purpose, to indicate the direction of the wind, and give us a reference on its intensity.
3. The danger of crosswind
The sudden changes of direction in the wind are perhaps the greatest danger that may find while driving. To avoid scares, hold the steering wheel firmly, do not make sudden movements, and try to correct those changes of direction to prevent the wind from diverting your trajectory. It is important to make very smooth and progressive movements. If otherwise you make sudden and rapid movements and coincidentally the gust of wind ceases, goodbye very good.
4. Beware of trees
The fall of trees on the road is a real danger, so that we have to be on mountain roads, circulating through groves, and with many blind curves. We also do not advise you to park under trees; they can damage the body of your car.
5. Caution in tunnels and viaducts
You must keep in mind that when entering a tunnel, the force of the wind that was pushing your car will cease, and you will not need to make corrections. But remember that, when you leave the tunnel again, the wind will return, this time with an unknown direction and a different intensity than the one you had when entering the tunnel.
Also, the viaducts are places especially exposed to the force of the wind. We take this point to remind you and viaducts for sure.
6. Extreme caution when advancing
If the wind blows on the right side and advances, when pairing with the vehicle, your car will approach this, as if absorbing you. Also, it will hinder your incorporation into the right lane (because it pushes you to the left).
If, on the contrary, the wind blows on the left, when you overcome the vehicle, you will find the opposite effect, with which your car pushed towards the right lane.
In both cases, hold the steering wheel firmly, since the changes in trajectory caused by the wind in our car occur suddenly so that this point will be very important.
7. Watch out for the “UFOs”
In the city, it is nothing strange that a bin or a container starts rolling down the street on a windy day. You should also be careful with the typical “flying” plastic bag that can be placed on the moon of the car and reduce visibility.
8. A slippery alto
You should keep in mind that even without precipitation, the asphalt can be more slippery than usual. The wind usually drags sand to the road and leaves of the trees. That accumulation of leaves can pose a danger when entering a curve.
9. Know your car
The vehicles that generally suffer most from the gusts of lateral wind are those with higher bodies, and with greater lateral surface. It is the case of the if your car is of this type, you have to be even more careful.
10. Do not forget to Maintenance
The tires are, as we have always said, basic in road safety (they are part of ), since it is our point of connection with the road and if the tire lacks drawing, or does not have the appropriate pressure, it will add a plus of risk to the situation.