Driving through Floods
If you need to drive through a flooded area then you will need to take special care with the way that you drive and where you go. In cases of severe flooding most experts will recommend that you only drive if absolutely essential to do so. It is actually far safer to simply move your car to higher ground and not to drive at all in these circumstances.
If you are, however, in a situation where you are driving through floods then you should follow these guidelines:
- Do not drive through standing water if you are not sure how deep it is. This can cause damage to your vehicle and may endanger you if your vehicle starts to float or becomes immobile.
- Try to find the highest area that you can in the flooded area and try to drive through that.
- Do not be tempted to race through to get to the other side - it is safer to drive through slowly and steadily.
- Do not drive through a flooded area if another vehicle is coming the other way.
- Keep essential emergency equipment in your car (i.e. torch, mobile, dry clothing and something to eat and drink) in case you run into problems.
If your car takes in water when driving through floods then do be careful to have it checked out carefully to make sure that everything is OK.