Be careful in wet and windy weather

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PEOPLE using the city’s roads and redways are being warned to stay as safe as possible as high winds and rain continue.

No incidents of fallen trees or problems relating to the weather have been reported in Milton Keynes and so far trains and buses travelling around the city have all been running as scheduled.

Bucks Fire and Rescue have advised people who are driving in these conditions to follow the advice given in the Highway Code.

In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. This is because your tyres have less grip on the road. In wet weather.

You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced and keep well back from the vehicle in front. This will increase your ability to see and plan ahead

If the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

The rain and spray from vehicles may make it difficult to see and be seen

Be aware of the dangers of spilt diesel that will make the surface very slippery and take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

High-sided vehicles are most affected by windy weather, but strong gusts can also blow a car, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges or gaps in hedges.

In very windy weather your vehicle may be affected by turbulence created by large vehicles. Motorcyclists are particularly affected.