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Leading compensation provider issues guidance on driving on flooded roads

February 11th, 2013

Top advice and compensation provider, the Accident Advice Helpline, has issued some helpful guidance on how to drive safely on flooded roads. This has been prompted by the recent bad weather in the UK, and the high number of flood warnings in existence across the country. 

As the snow melts and flooding ensues, just how do drivers stay safe on the roads? The Accident Advice Helpline, who process many RTA compensation claims, has issued some timely guidance on what to do if you are caught in a flood whilst driving.

It is only a month into the New Year, and already the country has been battered by strong winds, heavy snow, and flooding. As driving conditions appear to be getting worse rather than better, many drivers have been calling for guidance on coping with extreme road conditions.

A spokesperson from RTA claims company the Accident Advice Helpline commented,

“Some drivers may feel overly confident on the roads now that the snow has gone, but flooding brings driving conditions that are potentially more serious than snow. The accidents that resulted in some of our recent RTA compensation claims might have been avoided if people had known how to drive on flooded roads.”

The actions identified by the company include:

  • Checking the water level before driving through it – it only takes 6” of water to reach the underside of an average car, which could then stall as water enters the exhaust pipe
  • Driving through the water very slowly in 1st or 2nd gear – slipping the clutch and revving the engine to expel water from the exhaust
  • Driving in the middle of a flooded road where the water is the most shallow
  • If the car starts to float and control is lost, asking a passenger to open one of the doors. This will allow some water into the car to weigh it down again
  • Not driving through the water if it is fast-flowing as the car could easily be swept away
  • Always testing the brakes on the other side

The Accident Advice Helpline offers advice and support to people making a non-fault accident claim. Their helpline number is 0800 180 4123.

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