Motorists warned over 100mph winds

Motorists in parts of Scotland have been advised not to venture out on Thursday after winds of up to 100mph and snow were forecast.

Those who do so might have difficulty controlling their vehicle in hazardous conditions, and the unfortunate few who are involved in an accident could have to pay more for car insurance in the future if they make a claim on their policy.

The Scottish Government said that many popular routes could be closed by police due to severe gales, possibly prompting forces to advise against all travel.

Meanwhile, councils in west, central and southern parts of the country have been urged to close schools after the Met Office predicted strong winds and storms.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcyclists are advised to be extra careful while travelling in strong winds, while there is the possibility that all major bridges could be closed as a precautionary measure.

On Wednesday, Tay Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles, while motorists using Skye Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Clackmannanshire Bridge and Erskine Bridge have been warned to expect strong winds.

South of the border, motorists in northern parts of England have been advised to check weather forecasts and road conditions before venturing out as adverse weather conditions were expected in the region.

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