Driving through flood water – what you should and should NOT do

The town has been battered by heavy rain throughout the day and plenty of roads are flooded – here’s how to avoid getting into trouble.

“Only attempt to drive through flood water if you know it’s not too deep and maintain a steady, slow speed to avoid creating a bow wave”, the AA say.

“The air intake on many cars is low down at the front and just an egg cupful of water in the combustion chamber is enough to wreck an engine.”

You should never:

  • Enter flood water that is moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep
  • Drive fast through standing water
  • Prop the bonnet open while you wait for help to arrive

You should always:

  • Test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water
  • Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced
  • Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave
  • Use a low gear so the engine rev’s are higher when moving slowly
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