UK Braced For Flash Floods
Motorists are bracing themselves for torrential rain over the next few days.
Motorists are bracing themselves for torrential rain over the next few days, following a weather warning from the UK Met Office. Heavy rain can cause 'flash flooding', so the Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed its top tips for coping with waterlogged roads:- 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. - Drive slowly and keep going once you have started – make sure you have a clear run. In a manual car, keep the revs high by "slipping the clutch" (which means the clutch is not fully engaged) all the time you are in the water. - 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. IAM Chief Examiner, Peter Rodger, explained: "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.” Mr Rodger continued: “When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase and visibility will be reduced.”