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Mar 21

Driving through floods and standing water

Posted by:AutoMoney

After a couple of heavy downpours, flooded roads are to be expected. But how you drive to the conditions is very important and can, of course, determine whether you pass through flooded areas safely.

Even though most modern roads can cope with excess water and heavy rain storms, many drains become blocked quickly and surface water is a common problem for motorists to overcome.

Not only does standing water hide potential hazards that you would usually see in plain sight, there is also a high risk of aquaplaning and a lack of visibility.

It is important to remember that you should only attempt to go through standing water if you are sure that it isn’t too deep and the road isn’t too populated, allowing you to drive through the middle of the road where the water is generally lower. 

When driving through standing water, remember:

  • Take it slow – do not speed through the water
  • If your steering becomes unresponsive, generally easy off the accelerator and allow the car to gradually slow down
  • Make sure you keep a safe stopping distance from the car in front
  • Don’t try to drive through fast moving water as you could find that your car is swept away or difficult to control
  • Be considerate to other drivers or pedestrians
  • Do not enter standing water that is more than 4 inches deep

And always remember, if you breakdown in heavy rain or storm conditions, don’t attempt to prop the bonnet up as you will allow water to get into your engine – potentially causing further issues. Instead, call for recovery and wait where it is safe to do so.

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