In Britain we are used to being hit with all multitude of bad weathers even when you are least expecting it. The day can often start at icy winter temperatures and then turn into a heat wave by 3pm. It was only a few weeks ago we were worried about the dangers of flooding and, of course, the looming threat of snow and now we are being teased with summer with brighter and warmers days. However, one special danger that presents itself specifically to high-sided vehicles like motorhomes, however, is wind, and the Highways Agency have issued numerous wind warnings over the past weeks. It isn’t just in England that you need to be careful about the wind. You also need to contemplate what the weather is going to be like whilst you are abroad so you can ensure that you aren’t climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge as a storm is approaching!
The Danger of Wind
While it’s easy to think you can just push on through a windy day, winds in the UK have recently got up to around 70mph: that’s faster than most motorhomes will ever travel! This means that whilst you are on holiday or travelling the world in your trusted camper, the winds could also reach this fast too, as such, the wind can catch in high sided vehicles and cause them to veer off course.
If you’ve ever driven on a windy day, you’ll also know the danger that persistent side-winds can cause, often meaning your motorhome rocks on its suspension for long periods.
Different Wind Angles
A strong wind will affect your motorhome, there’s no doubt about that, but wind coming from the side is most potent. A true side-wind exerts a force perpendicular to the motion of your motorhome and, as such can often overpower your engine and cause rolling, particularly if you’re cornering into a side-wind.
Head-winds and tail-winds are dangerous but, generally, will only slow you down or speed you up against your will. Watch out when driving downhill with a tailwind or stopping quickly: engine braking will be less effective than you think.
Driving in the Wind
Concentration is key to driving in the wind and you’ll find yourself making steering adjustments much more than you would normally. Slow down, stick to a speed of around 50mph on the motorway or to a suitable speed when you are in another country particularly, if you can feel your motorhome cabin rocking rhythmically then consider stopping safely.
It’s essential that you always travel with your motorhome insurance details whether you are in the UK or not and, of course, a charged mobile phone. In the event of an emergency it’s vital you can get in contact with somebody; particularly in bad weather and in a foreign country.
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