Windy road

Wind creates additional problems for drivers. It can be especially dangerous for recreational vehicles, campers, and vehicles towing trailers. The best defensive driving technique you can use for wind is driving at slower speeds.

Wind generally reduces your steering control. Tail winds push the car, increasing speed. Head winds slow the car down.

Crosswinds may cause the car to swerve, especially SUVs and vans. Be prepared to make adjustments in speed and steering to compensate for wind conditions or safely pull over to allow gusty winds to subside.

You may suddenly be hit by a gust of wind as you cross a culvert or bridge, or drive through mountain passes and ravines. Wind gusts occur suddenly and can cause total loss of vehicle control, requiring an adjustment in speed and steering. You may encounter a small gust when being passed by a large truck or bus. Be alert.