September 2, 2014

Driving Through Water

As the weather gets wetter, driving through water is about to become more of reality for many of us. Whether it is flooded roads around suburban areas, or rivers that have burst their banks, it is essential to know how to handle this situation when you are faced with it.

Firstly, if there has been a particularly heavy rainfall and you expect there to be water on the roads, then remember that a little preparation can go a long way. Plan your route thoroughly, so as to avoid any areas that are at risk of being flooded, and try to stick to higher level grounds as much as possible, even if this means taking a longer route around.

Also make sure to prepare yourself and your car as much as possible – pack your car for the eventuality of being stranded overnight. This included blankets, Wellington boots (in case of the need to walk through shallow water) as well as a spare phone with a fully-charged battery, as well as an additional in-car charger so that you can call the emergency services in the worst-case scenarios.

When faced with a high volume of water on a road, always reduce your speed to as low as possible, and make sure to never enter any water that seems to be flowing, under any circumstances. This is known as aquaplaning, and will reduce your tyres grip with the road, resulting in less control over your vehicle, and a potentially dangerous outcome.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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