AN AREA of low pressure is set to pass over Weston-super-Mare this Wednesday September 27, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

Yesterday (September 25) the Met Office named the incoming storm Agnes, and issued a statement to advise those living in coastal areas to expect winds of up to 80mph.

Although road users are advised to refrain from driving and stay indoors where possible, National Highways have shared advice for those who are forced to make an essential trip during the storm.

They have created the T.R.I.P acronym as an easy way to remember essential vehicle checks to carry out before heading out into the adverse weather conditions.

  • Top–up. Fuel, oil and screen wash. 

  • Rest. Take a rest break every two hours. 

  • Inspect. Check tyre pressure and tread. 

  • Prepare. Have a plan for all weather conditions. 

The list is said to prevent breakdowns and reduce the number of collisions caused by fatigue.

Steve Basterfield, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “With the stormy weather being forecast, it is important to plan ahead for your journey, and if weather conditions become challenging, adjust your driving behaviour and take extra care. 

“We have a section of our website dedicated to travelling amid storms, high winds and gales, and considerations for different types of vehicle, as part of our guide to travelling in severe weather.

"It’s also a good idea for people to check their vehicles, such as tyres, coolant and oil levels, before heading out to reduce the risk of breakdowns.” 

Further information on travelling in severe weather conditions can be found on the National Highways website.