Police advise public to take care in high winds

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Northumbria Police are advising the public to take extra care in high winds.

Pedestrians should watch out for debris blown into their path and motorists should maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and take particular care around motorcyclists and cyclists.

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, motor homes or cars towing caravans should be extra cautious, especially when driving on exposed roads.

When driving in high winds drivers should – Be prepared for gusts of wind and the slip stream from passing vehicles - especially high-sided ones; Keep both hands on the steering wheel; Moderate their speed as vehicles travelling fast are more likely to drift off course in a sudden gust of wind; Watch out for debris such as branches blown onto the road.