In the news headlines, we’ve all seen the devastating effects that floods can have. However, many people don’t realize that a large percentage of flood-related fatalities happen when individuals choose to drive in flood conditions. Unfortunately, you can’t always predict when you will encounter flooded road conditions because flooding can happen quickly and without much notice. So be prepared and remember these flood driving safety tips:
- If you see a flooded road ahead, turn around and find a different route. Rushing water over roads can quickly erode the surface, creating large holes and depressions.
- Always obey barricades and signs that warn of road flooding. Even if the water looks shallow enough to cross, don’t attempt it. Water can be much deeper than it appears and can hide major road hazards.Worse yet, rushing water could cause your vehicle to float and carry it away.
- If you have driven through standing water, check your brakes afterwards to make sure they are functioning properly. Do this by gently holding down the brake pedal to ensure that any moisture on the brake rotors or drums won’t hinder your car’s stopping ability.
- If your car stalls or becomes surrounded by water, do not stay in it. Carefully exit your car, be aware of your surroundings and any hazards, and head toward higher ground.
- If your car has been submerged in floodwater while parked, contacted a mechanic for advice before attempting to start it. A thorough inspection may be necessary to ensure all mechanical and electrical parts are free of water damage and functioning properly.Serious damage may occur if you attempt to start it.
Again, you should always refrain from driving on flooded roadways. Driving on flooded roads could cause life-threatening injuries.