Knowing what to do when driving in flood conditions can save your life.
Driving in flooding conditions can be very serious. The weather can be unpredictable and people need to be safe and knowledgeable on what to do when driving in server weather conditions. The reason that so many people get hurt and even drown during flooding is because few of them recognize the incredible power of water!
6 Things to Know About Driving in Flooding Conditions.
1) Only drive in flooding conditions if it’s absolutely necessary. If you avoid driving in harsh conditions you reduce the chances of something bad happening.
2) Flash floods can come fast and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes depending on how excessive the rainfall is. Flooding can also be caused when a dam fails or a sudden release of water held by a debris jam. You may not even have warning that a flash flood is approaching.
3) Be aware of what’s going on in your surroundings. Know if flooding is common in your area. Pay attention to the weather. Watch the news or listen to the weather channel. Be cautious during storm seasons.
4) Do not drive through flooded areas. Even if it looks shallow, don’t cross it! It can be deceiving and you’re not sure how deep it may be. Or if the road under it is even stable because water can break away the entire road surface.- TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
5) Abandon your vehicle if it stalls. It only takes about 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. If your car stalls and you can’t restart it and you are in a place where the water is rising, abandon your vehicle immediately and get to higher ground. Staying in your vehicle when the water is that high is extremely dangerous. It only takes one foot of water to float most vehicles and only two feet of rushing water to sweep away most vehicles including SUV’s and pick-ups. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock over an adult so be careful when you are walking to higher ground.
6) Be extra careful driving at night. It is harder to see flood dangers and judge conditions when you have limited visibility. Find a safe place to pull over and wait the storm passes.
TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN
Be smart and understand how powerful water is.
Everyone here at Mark’s Auto Sales wants you to drive safe!
The Weather Channel. Driving Safety Tips- 10 Thinks to know about Flooding Safety. http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/flood.html.
Ready. Driving: Flood Facts. http://www.ready.gov/floods.