RAC offers advice to drivers during Storm Ciarán

RAC offers advice to drivers during Storm Ciarán
With Storm Ciarán set to hit the UK over the coming days, the RAC has provided some expert advice for drivers.

The Met Office has issued a number of ‘Severe Weather Warnings’ for areas across the south of the country for the rest of the week.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri, said: “Wind and rain warnings associated with Storm Ciarán are in force from Wednesday night onwards into Friday, with further updates possible on Wednesday.

“These include amber warning for winds for southwestern parts of England and Wales Thursday early hours and morning and the far south and southeast of England Thursday daytime and early evening.

“As well as strong winds, this deep low pressure system will bring heavy rain to many parts of the UK.

Storm Ciarán is expected to bring very strong winds along coastal areas, with gusts of 70 to 85mph. There are also warnings that even inland winds could reach 50 or 60mph.

In response to the announcement, RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “It’s crucial drivers in the south and west of the UK take proper notice the Met Office’s warnings as the arrival of Storm Ciarán brings in some exceptionally strong winds - and some distinctly unpleasant driving conditions with it.

“Sticking to major routes, away from coasts and rural roads where there’s a greater chance of falling branches and trees, is a good policy.

“Drivers should keep a firm grip of the steering wheel and take particular care when passing high-sided vehicles, which can cause an unnerving buffeting effect that some people may not be familiar with.

“While there’s a chance roads may be busier in the event of public transport disruption, we’d still advise anyone not confident driving in these sorts of conditions to consider delaying their journeys until Ciarán moves away later in the week.”

To keep up to date with the latest traffic issues so you can plan your journey, visit RAC Route Planner.

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