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Tips For Driving Your Car In Flooded Areas

Driving in Floods
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The blog this week is about driving in flooded areas safely. The following handy tips should always be followed for driving in flooded conditions – very apt for the weather we are currently experiencing up and down the country – rain and snow! Read on to find out more:

  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth – check to see if you can see the edge of the kerb as this is normally a good indicator
  • If you do drive through water or along a flooded road, try to drive on the highest section of the road
  • Drive steadily and slowly (in a low gear) so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and allow oncoming traffic to pass first (so the water they kick up does not hit your vehicle) - make sure you have a clear route ahead so you do not have to stop in standing water, never drive fast through a flood thinking it will be better to navigate quickly - this can cause more problems
  • Driving at speed may be dangerous to other vehicles around you or pedestrians trying to navigate on foot (you should never deliberately drive through puddles with pedestrians around) and could cause loss of control of your vehicle, especially if there is an unseen pothole or blown drain cover
  • Drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front so that any water coming from the back of their vehicle does not hit yours
  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – you could easily get swept away, turn around and find a different route
  • Test your brakes after leaving flood water, be aware of other vehicles directly behind you when doing this, don't just stamp on your brakes
  • If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not attempt to restart your engine as damage may occur (most insurance companies will not cover you for engine damage after driving through flooded roads so be very careful) – instead call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally examined by your local independent garage. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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