posted 7 years ago

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.”