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With all the poor weather conditions that Britain and other countries is currently experiencing it is important to know how to drive in floods and water.
There are many dangers associated with driving in water, from electrics malfunctioning to the engine sucking in water. Before we get started on how to drive through a flood, here are a few things to consider:
1. First things first, if you don't have to drive through the flood, don't. If you can avoid it and head another way round then do, even if it takes a little bit longer to do so, you may thank yourself later.
2. Remember flash floods can come by very quickly, you may not have any warning so make sure you take on board important tips so you are fully prepared.
3. Definitely don't drive through fast moving water. Your car may seem heavy to you but it can easily be swept away if the water is moving quick enough.
This may seem like an obvious tip but many people will hit water at quite a speed. Driving through a flood at deep water can lead to a loss of control. It's also a good idea to keep an eye out for patches of water in the road when you're travelling at speed.
Make sure you can see
If you can't see where the flooding ends, for example if it is round a corner, consider turning around. Once you are in the water, you won't be able to manoeuvre with ease if the water becomes too deep.
Drive through the shallow part.
Never attempt to drive through a flood that you couldn't walk through. You also should be reminded that water can hide and dips or cracks in the road surface. Six inches reaches the bottom of most cars, any more than this can cause loss of control and other problems. If you do decide to drive through, make sure you travel through the shallowest area.
When you drive through water, make sure you do so in first gear. Keep the revs high and drive at about 3mph. Don't take your foot off the accelerator and don't change gear while you're in the water to avoid the engine sucking in any liquids, which can be costly to repair!
Afterwards After driving through the flooded section of the road, make sure you test your brakes. You can do this by lightly pressing the pedals and you'll feel the car slow down.
Lastly, be aware of larger cars coming in the opposite direction that may force water towards you and your vehicle. If you get stuck in the water, then it's usually best to abandon your car rather than fix it, in case you do more damage. There are plenty of rental companies that will allow you to hire a car should you need to do so while your vehicle dries out!
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