It’s always a good idea to drive with both hands on the wheel, but it’s particularly important when it’s windy out. When the wind blows, you can feel the car shifting one way or the other, and with only one hand on the wheel, you risk veering into an oncoming lane. Keeping your left and right hand at the 10 o’clock position and 2 o’clock position, respectively, will make it easier to stay straight and adjust accordingly.
Some vehicles are more susceptible to high wind gusts than others. Commercial trucks are chief among them, as there’s more surface area to contend with. If you’re on the highway, make sure you remain either ahead or behind these big rigs to avoid a potential accident should it veer into your lane.
Besides being against the law, going faster than the posted speed limit, contrary to popular belief, will not help you diminish the effects of heavy wind gusts. If anything, you should lower your rate of speed so that you have more control of the vehicle and can adjust the steering wheel if you feel the car moving to one side or the other.
If you’re in a wooded area and the wind has picked up, be very careful of falling objects, like downed tree branches, twigs, or tree limbs. These are more susceptible to breaking and could enter the path where you’re driving. Also, try to be cognizant if there are other vehicles that are carrying goods in truck beds, like mattresses, or furniture, as these also could become flying projectiles.
Hopefully, by the time you get to your destination, the winds will have died down. But if they’re still forceful, ensure that you park someplace that’s a distance away from nearby trees, power lines, or other standing structures.
Oftentimes wind storms come at a surprise, which is why you need to be ready when they strike should they happen on the roads. But meteorologists are able to track the wind in their daily weather reports. Because of this, you should make sure that you’re always aware of what the weather is going to be like on a daily basis. If heavy wind is in the forecast, stay off the roads if possible.