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Riding safely in wind

This week the IAM’s director of standards, Mark Lewis, offers motorcyclists six top tips on riding safely in wind.

  1. Take control of your bike in strong winds by using the throttle and counter steering to balance out the effects where possible.
  2. Remember loose clothing will flap around and cause distraction – make sure it is done up correctly.
  3. Anticipate where you think gusts of wind will be worse, such as gaps in buildings or exposed bridges – side winds can be equally challenging, so be prepared to lean into the wind.
  4. If you’re being buffeted and feel like you’re losing control ease off the accelerator and reduce your speed.
  5. Larger vehicles can offer shelter. However, make sure this does not make you vulnerable to another vehicle being blown towards you.
  6. Give other road users more room when filtering through traffic. If roads are congested and you or any other road users are vulnerable to high winds simply avoid overtaking.
Keep your eyes peeled for anything being blown about on the road, giving anything on the ground a wider berth to avoid it flying up in front of you. Riding in the wind can be challenging but these tips should help you have a safer and more enjoyable ride.

Notes to editors:

  1. Mark Lewis is the IAM’s director of standards.
  2. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 90,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.


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