The recent onslaught of high winds and inclement weather has resulted in widespread travel disruption for much of the UK, putting road users at increased risk.
So, where have the storms caused the biggest problems and what can you do to protect yourself?
One of the worst affected areas, Wales has witnessed winds of up to 93mph in Geynedd whilst flood warnings were also issued for a number of areas, such as Conwy.
Roads have been heavily affected by the recent weather, with several major routes being affected by debris. The high winds have caused trees and other items to obstruct roads, with areas such as Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Gwynedd all being affected.
Elsewhere in the UK, other regions have experienced similar delays and traffic disruption due to the weather. The Port of Dover was closed due to high seas, whilst commuters planning to use the Dartford crossing were warned to expect the gale-force winds to cause delays.
Kent, Surrey and Sussex were all said to experience problems as fallen trees and flooding affected their roads, with the A287 between Hindhead and Haslemere being closed in Surrey.
Scotland has also experienced similar conditions, with residents being warned to prepare themselves for localised flooding and a drop in current temperatures. Winds of up to 100mph are potentially forecast for the area, with local authorities urging commuters to take necessary precautions.
How to protect yourself from the weather
It is, therefore, essential that all drivers take the necessary steps to protect themselves in light of the recent conditions. The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings which should be consulted by all commuters whilst journeys should only be made if absolutely necessary.
You should also ensure that you have adequate car insurance cover before taking to the roads. This will ensure that you will be protected should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident whilst out in the current bad weather.Back to top