Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips

Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips

Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips


Emergencies on the road Do not panic! Many situation can come out a lot better if you maintain a calm mind.  Only drive in flooded areas in an emergency.


Keep moving forward when driving in flooded water

When driving in flooded water be sure you can see the road.

Driving in Moving Water 

Your car floats!

Never, never, drive into moving water! The power of moving water is unimaginable. You can be swept away by a swollen stream that seemed harmless the day before the rain. Not only is moving water powerful, but your vehicle floats! The combination can cause you to be downstream in an instant.

Never cross a bridge with moving water over it. You are only held to the road by four small traction points on your tires. Your tire treads can be filled with water and your vehicle can be picked up and swept away. Bridges and roadways may have been washed away by the moving water and you would not know it.

Do not chance it! Use must use an alternate route in this situation.

Driving in Standing Water

Driving in the flood

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Check your brakes after they get wet

In some situations a swollen stream may cover the road way and be standing on the road. This results in a deep puddle. If possible find an alternate route, but if you must drive in this type of water:

Stay to the center of the road.

All roads are crowned in the middle to allow for the water to run off to the sides. Your highest point is in the middle

Try to drive in the tires tracks of the vehicle in front of you.

The vehicle in front of you is actually “parting” the water to some degree, plus you will be able to judge the depth of the water more accurately

Do not accelerate quickly, nor brake in water.

You should maintain a steady, even pressure to avoid any surges that would cause the water to rise suddenly and flood your brakes and vehicle. Therefore you should be sure to check your brakes when exiting the water.

If water gets on your brakes they will not function. If they do not work you can dry them out quickly by accelerating and braking at the same time. The friction produces heat on your brakes that will dry them instantly.Be sure to distance yourself from the car following you to allow for them to dry their brakes out also

If your brakes are wet, you should dry them by pumping the brakes at the same time. The friction will dry your brakes out quickly. But do be sure and watch for any vehicle following you, as their brakes may fail also.