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  • 14 February 2014, 14:24

Weather: Driving Advice For Motorists

Motorists are being urged to drive carefully as gale-force winds and heavy rain are predicted to hit parts of the UK again.

The Highways Agency is urging those in the south of England to take extra care as worsening weather and winds of up to 70mph are forecast.

Drivers are being advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check weather conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Tips for drivers include slowing down and keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front and taking extra care when passing through areas exposed to strong crosswinds when other vehicles could be blown off course.

The agency's Simon Sheldon-Wilson said: "We are constantly monitoring the potential impact of severe weather on our network and are working closely with the Met Office to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to be able to inform drivers.

"We have got extra traffic officers working across the network to deal with any incidents."

The Met Office is also forecasting more rain across the area, with another 15 to 25mm of rainfall expected.

The already saturated south of England may experience up to 40mm locally, bringing further flooding issues to the affected areas.

The Highways Agency says there is a particular risk that high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes could be blown over and strongly advises people to avoid driving such types of vehicles during the severe weather.

Areas of particular concern are:

South East :: M27 J8-J9 (Hedge End to Locks Heath) :: A27 (Shoreham Flyover - near to Hove / Brighton) :: A2 (Jubilee Way close to Dover) :: M2 J2-J3 (Medway Viaduct) :: A249 (Kings Ferry /Sheppy Crossing) :: A282 (QE2 Bridge / Dartford Bridge)

South West :: A30 / A38 (Bodmin) :: M4 J22-J23 (Severn Crossing) :: M48 J1-J2 (Severn Crossing) :: M5 J13-J15 (Stroud to M4) :: M5 J18-J19 (Avonmouth Bridge) :: M5 J20-J23 (Clevedon to Bridgwater)

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