Urgent warning issued to drivers as storm Arwen set to hit the UK – everything you need to know
MOTORISTS must stay away from trees and avoid driving if possible as storm Arwen approaches UK shores, the RAC warned.
Britain is set to be battered by gale-force winds up to 90mph as the Met Office gave a rare red warning indicating danger to life for certain parts of the country.
The RAC warned drivers against all non-essential journeys and said there was a "much greater risk" of trees and power lines falling.
Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: "Drivers are suddenly being thrust into some of the worst weather conditions they’re likely to face on the roads.
"There is now a very high chance of Storm Arwen causing major disruption in parts of south east Scotland and north east England.
"We strongly urge motorists in these areas to stay safe by parking away from trees and avoiding driving if at all possible."
Dennis added that even drivers in areas with only amber warnings should consider postponing their journeys unless essential.
He said: “As well as making driving much more challenging, strong winds cause an increased risk of trees and powerlines falling."
We've advised drivers on how Storm Arwen might affect your car insurance.
And remember, poor weather conditions don't excuse irresponsible driving – and could still result in rejected claims.
MoneySuperMarket Consumer Affairs Expert Kevin Pratt said: "Simply knowing you’re going to get a pay-out shouldn’t mean you take undue risks.
“If your insurance company can prove contributory negligence on your part, your claim might be questioned, and any pay-out reduced."
We have looked at top tips for protecting your home against severe weather conditions.
Winter driving guidance for the stormy season includes wearing proper footwear and checking your tyres.
The Met Office issues warnings ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause "damage, widespread disruption and/or danger to life."
It urged: "You should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.
"Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely."
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