Motorists warned as Met Office issues yellow warning for 'strong winds' and 'heavy rain'


Yesterday morning, some drivers were surprised to see temperatures reaching -4.9 degrees in Oxfordshire as they headed out. Motorists are being urged to drive safely as the weather gets colder and the chances of accidents happening are heightened.

A Met Office tweet said it would not be as cold as it was on Friday morning, but that drivers should be aware of heavy rain and strong winds.

It read: “It will be a much milder start on Saturday morning than it was on Friday morning.

“Rain, heavy in places, will edge southeast across northern areas and here it will turn very windy.

“Breezy elsewhere and although many places will be cloudy, a few bright spells are likely.

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The Met Office warned that some communities could be affected by localised flooding.

This would result in disruption to the roads, as well as delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes.

They have advised motorists to be careful when driving as even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen.

They say a good rule of thumb is “if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down”.

Drivers should use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced, and if the rain is too heavy, drivers should avoid travelling.

Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles, so motorists should grip the steering wheel firmly with both hands, particularly when planning to overtake.

In wet and windy weather, the roads will be more slippery than usual, with drivers being urged to give themselves more time to react when approaching a hazard.

Drivers should increase their following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.

According to Admiral, the months of November, December and January have been reported to have the highest volume of car insurance claims over the year.

The study found that almost a quarter of Britons (23 percent) have been involved in a car accident after driving in severe winter weather conditions.

This included snow, black ice, fog, flood water, thunderstorms and heavy rain, and high winds.

Drivers are being warned to take the advice of the Met Office when they issue weather warnings, as with the yellow warning in Scotland this weekend.



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