As Storm Doris approaches, motorists are being urged to take care amidst the severe weather warning of strong winds and heavy rain.
In London, widespread gusts of 60mph are forecast, with a chance of those reaching 70mph in some places on Thursday (February 23).
A yellow weather warning is in place for the whole of the capital from 5am until 8pm on Thursday, February and the Met Office has warned of disruption to travel with restrictions on bridges and the possibility of damage to trees.
An amber warning has also been put in place for parts of the south, which could affect areas of London.
As commuters prepare to jump into their cars and head to work, the RAC is offering some advice to motorists.
RAC Traffic Watch spokesman, Rod Dennis said: "Drivers need be wary of feisty Storm Doris which will be hitting our shores on Thursday bringing high winds and heavy rainfall which will make for potentially dangerous driving conditions.
"Be prepared to reduce your speed, allow plenty of room between your car and the vehicle in front and be wary of aquaplaning where water accumulates on the road.
"Be mindful that there will be strong gusts of wind, so ensure you have a good grip of the steering wheel and take extra care when overtaking high-sided vehicles and passing motorcyclists and cyclists who are susceptible to be buffeted and blown off course the wind.
"In extreme conditions it may be worth delaying your journey if possible until storm conditions pass, but it looks as though Storm Doris's impact will be relatively brief."
So if you are planning a journey on Thursday February 23, here are a few tips from the Met Offic, that you can follow to stay safe when driving in stormy conditions.
- Avoid starting your journey until heavy downpours clear.
- Stick to the main roads if possible as you will be less exposed to fallen branches and trees and will be less likely to come across other debris or flooding.
- With high winds forecast, make sure you use both hands on the steering wheel and grip it firmly as gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles.
- If visibility is significantly reduced, use dipped headlights.
- Be aware that in open spaces, for example in gaps between buildings, trees or when on a bridge, you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. You must therefore ensure that your leave enough room either side of your car in case you are blown sideways.
- Increase the space between you and the car in front by at least four seconds, as roads are more slippery than usual when wet.
Be aware of spray from other vehicles reducing your visibility.
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