posted 4 years ago

How To Drive On Flooded Roads

Driving on flooded roads can be trickier than reciting the eighteen times-table.

Driving on flooded roads can be trickier than reciting the eighteen times-table. As such motorists with poor techniques often find themselves stranded with broken vehicles, expensive repair bills, and soggy maths books. Fortunately, Peter Rodger from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed his tips for negotiating this familiar hazard:

- Drive on the highest section of the road and don't set off if a vehicle is approaching you.

- Leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and pedestrians.

- If you can’t see where you are going to come out of the water, such as when approaching flooding on a bend, think twice about starting to drive into it.

- In deep water never take your foot off the accelerator, as this could allow water to travel up the exhaust pipe.

- Once you're out of the water, dry the brakes before you need them. The best way is to lightly apply the brake as you drive along for a few seconds, after checking nothing is following you too closely.

Mr Rodger said: 'A suddenly very wet road surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering, which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and motorcyclists too. ' He added: 'When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase, and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down.