Changes in wind speed can affect your riding, but with our latest tips you can find ways to better prepare for the windy weather – ensuring your ride is as safe as possible.
What’s around the corner?
As you approach a sharp bend ease off the acceleration, because you never know what’s around the corner. Gusts of wind can force large branches to fall onto the road, completely blocking it. Be prepared for any debris that obstructs the road and be open to the idea that you may have to make a U-turn and use another route.
Don’t get blown away
Be aware of other motorists around you as the windy weather can affect both their and your vehicles. Strong winds are not constant but usually come in gusts blowing cars, lorries and buses from side to side. If you’re driving on the motorway, keep an eye on other vehicles making sure you hold firmly onto your handlebars to stay in control. Be aware that as you come out from overtaking a lorry, there may be a strong side wind you were being sheltered from. Watch for gaps in rows of trees and buildings, or the end of a cutting, or a bridge over a river or railways – places where you are suddenly exposed to side winds. Make sure you have enough room between you and the vehicle beside you to account for you or them being blown sideways.
Park it right
Avoid parking where it is surrounded by trees as high winds can cause large branches and debris to fall. Strong winds can blow your bike over so if you have a centre stand, use it, if on a side stand make sure there is sufficient lean and leave it in gear.
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