Travel warning after thunder storms weather warning issued for Aylesbury Vale

The Met Office and Bucks Fire and Rescue Service have urged caution

Friday, 31st July 2020, 2:40 pm
Updated Friday, 31st July 2020, 2:44 pm
File photo: Severe weather

Bucks Fire and Rescue has urged people to stay safe after The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for Bucks.

The Met Office issued a travel warning for anyone who will be on the roads or streets from 4.49pm this evening.

A Met Office statement, which was shared on social media by the fire service, said: "Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.

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"If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.

"If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.

"Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced.

"Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.

"Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.

"Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.

"Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared."

The Met Office also issued the follow advice on what to do if the road ahead is flooded:

If the road is flooded, turn around and find another route. The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.

Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing.

Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car’s engine will lead to severe damage.

Never drive through flood water. Turn around.

Keep an eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians

Remember to give vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual. They are more likely to be blown around by side winds – always keep a safe distance.