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Old 05-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Need high wind driving tips, please.

I am driving thru western Kansas. When I was headed north driving was a breeze, but now that I'm headed west all I do is fight to stay on the road.

Other than stopping completely and slowing down are there any tips or tricks for driving in high cross winds?

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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One suggestion is be aware of who's around you. Slowing down might help too had dome high wind in New Mexico last year. Hang on and watch others.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
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We have gotten into really bad wind situations a couple years in the spring in Montana. I don't know if there is anything you can do when it happens except slow down - watch the trucks. I figured out that the warming air in the valley was rising about 10 AM and when that started, the colder air was coming down the mountain sides and causing some pretty severe cross winds. The second day we hit the road pretty early and were nearly out of the mountain area by the time the winds got strong enough to bother us.
As far as head winds and following winds - no idea. I do know I can get pretty good mileage with following winds, but usually they are head winds and the mileage sucks eggs.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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What I have observed is that in open spaces (mid-west and south west) where the wind is fairly constant in speed and direction, I can just use a constant force on the steering wheel to hold my line.

In hills, canyons, and on twisty roads where the wind speed and direction keep changing, it is quite a bit of work to keep on track. It reminds me of high winds at low altitudes in a small plane.

I look at wind forecasts before leaving, and many times in the southwest I have put off travel for a day or two. Being retired, and on a loose schedule, I can do that. If you do not have that option, it's worth seeing if the winds at night are forecast to be lower and travel then.

When I see this, I stay put.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Just slow down, hold the wheel tight, and pray. You might also check that tires are properly inflated for weights, under-inflated tires can make it worse.

You could also park all day and only drive at night, winds usually go down at night -- except during a full moon. I used to always go sailing on the night of a full moon.

I'm sure you've seen the huge windmill farms in W. Kansas, those huge propellers are creating all that wind your fighting!

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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We thought we were going to roll over today in Oklahoma. Very bad crosswind. Wind from the south , we were driving east. Very hard , not relaxing drive for my hubby, but he got us home safe!
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:10 PM   #7
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My new strategy is to park and wait until the wind goes down .I would rather drive in the dark than in wind . Two weeks ago I had to climb up there and roll in my topper awning in a 35MPH wind . That was to scary .Now I know why they call them land yachts ,
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Put extra straps on your awnings to keep from unfurling.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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Where'd you obtain that snazzy wind warning graphic?
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:47 AM   #10
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I checked the weather forecast and talked to some local folks. To wait out the wind would require establishing residency. It is calmer this am and I was going to leave but I left my lights on last night and now my chassis battery is dead and the auxiliary start isn't working for some reason. I do believe the wind gods are conspiring against me. Now I get to use my towing insurance.

Thanks for the tips!
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:16 AM   #11
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If you are already driving in cross-winds, you have learned that going through an underpass eliminates the cross wind just long enough for the steering correction you were using to cause you to move sideways. If the wind is really strong, and the steering correction is significant, this can be pretty exiting when you drive under the bridge so you really need to stay alert.

Some years ago, on I-70 passing through Eastern Kansas, there was an airport style windsock in the median to illustrate the wind direction. The windsock is gone, but the winds can still be there...

Originally Posted by okmunky View Post
...Other than stopping completely and slowing down are there any tips or tricks for driving in high cross winds?
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In April, I was driving our new to us coach from Arizona back to BC. Just between Boise Idaho and Mountain Home, I encountered severe cross winds and caught one that unfurled my main awning. I limped into Mountain Home and luckily, the awning wasn't damaged and I was able to extend it and return it in tact. I bought some zip ties and put them at the top of my awning arms. I noticed a few RV's pass me while I was pulled over and they were all driving slow with their 4-ways on.

The next day going through the flat basin by Pendleton Oregon, I got hit by cross winds from opposing direction and took out my slide awning. That one I didn't come out unscathed and bent my slide awning arm. Good thing I still had the zip ties from the previous day to tie up everything till I got home. They actually have electronic warning signs for high wind just outside Pendleton. I got off the freeway and took some inner secondary roads that had a slower mph rate.

My tips?

Stay put till you if you have the luxury of time.
If you must travel, do a pre-check to ensure ALL awning locks are in place.
Put an awning lock on your large main awning.
Drive slow with with your 4-way flashers on till you are through the windy area.
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Back when I was driving my 18 wheeler with two trailers, I found that looking in the mirrors and seeing the wheels on the back trailer off the ground on one side was disturbing. The answer was to "not" look in the mirrors! A decision that may not have helped to keep the wheels on the ground but one that made it less noticeable!
In my boating days, I found that it was usually easier to dock the boat prior to 1PM or after 6pm. So, making it a shorter day or starting much earlier may help. There are times it is best to just not be out there!
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #14
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If you can't drive in the weather conditions SAFELY and fully under control, get OFF the road, wait it out and continue on when the conditions are safe to do so.

Where does one have to be that they are willing to risk their lives and lives of others just to get there.

Many an airplane pilot have lost their lives and those of their passengers to that very same urgency.

Just my opinion.

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