Heavy rain can easily lead to flooding if the amount of rain is too much for drains and rivers to cope with. Furthermore, when the ground is saturated following a previous bout of rain, more rain can quickly cause flooding to occur.
Driving in flooded areas is a challenge, and if you find yourself in this situation you may want to avoid driving at all if you can help it. If you know where you are and you come across a flooded section of the road, you may know how deep it is and can therefore drive through it if it isn’t too badly flooded. However, if you don’t know the road and you are unsure of the water’s depth, it is best to turn around and go elsewhere. Anything more than four inches in depth can cause serious problems for your vehicle and increase the odds of an accident.
Beware of aquaplaning
Even if you know the water isn’t too deep, your car can still aquaplane and you can easily lose control. This means it is vital to keep your speed right down when driving through flood waters. This also prevents the creation of a huge wave, which in itself can cause problems with visibility, not to mention soaking anyone who might be nearby, or washing over other drivers.
Bear in mind when driving in flooded areas that your stopping distance will be greater than it would normally be too. Don’t underestimate the power of moving water either. Your level of control over your car will be greatly reduced under these circumstances, so never drive into water that is moving.
Test your brakes
Whenever you drive out of a flooded area like this, take the time to test your brakes. The water could stop them working properly. Make sure the road is clear and no one is right behind you before doing so.
While you can take all the necessary precautions when driving in flooded areas of the country, there is never any guarantee other drivers will be as diligent. To this end, make sure you speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline if someone else caused you to be involved in a car accident. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and when you call you can find out whether our professional lawyers might take on your case to seek some compensation for your injuries.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead