What vehicles are least likely to be affected by side wind?

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on July 26, 2021


What vehicles are least likely to be affected by side wind?

Cars – While cars are less likely to be affected, side breezes can catch anyone off guard. This is more likely to occur after passing a large vehicle, passing through gaps between hedges or buildings, and on exposed areas of road.



Because of their large surface area and low weight, some vehicles might become unstable in strong side winds (or cross-winds).

This is especially common on exposed stretches of road such as highways, viaducts, and bridges. The effect can range from a little tug on the steering wheel to a noticeable wander, potentially into the path of another car. In extreme situations, the vehicle can be blown off the road or onto its side, with disastrous consequences.


How are Cyclists and motorcyclists affected by side wind?

In windy circumstances, keep an eye out for bicycles or motorcyclists blown sideways and straying into your path. Allow for extra space when overtaking.


How are High-sided vehicles and trailers affected by side wind?

Drivers of high-sided vehicles, as well as those pulling caravans, trailers, or horseboxes (especially empty ones), should:

  • Keep an eye out for high wind forecasts
  • Stay away from well-known danger sites and high bridges

Even on regular journeys in favourable circumstances, drivers of these vehicles should always be aware of the effects of wind near bridges and embankments.

If there is a severe weather warning, think about whether your trip is truly important. Other drivers should keep this in mind when attempting to overtake, or being overtaken by, certain specific types of vehicles.