The Institute of Advanced Motorists today published safety advice for drivers encountering strong winds.
It spokesman said: “As you approach a sharp bend, ease off the acceleration, because you never know what’s around the corner.
“Gusts of wind can force large branches to fall onto the road, completely blocking it.
“Be aware of other motorists around you as the windy weather can affect both their and your vehicles. Strong winds are not constant but usually come in gusts blowing motorcycles, lorries and buses from side to side.
“If you’re on a motorway, keep an eye on other vehicles, making sure you hold firmly onto your steering wheel to stay in control.
“Be aware that as you come out from overtaking a lorry, there may be a strong side wind you were being sheltered from.
“Watch for gaps in rows of trees and buildings, or the end of a cutting, or a bridge over a river or railways – places where you are suddenly exposed to side winds.”