flood driving tips
Sometimes it's unavoidable, as when a summer sprinkle quickly devolves into a flash flood. If you're caught driving in a flood, we have some tips to help you stay safe.
Estimate how deep the water is
As little as 6 inches of water can damage your car and lead to stalling. A foot of water may even cause your vehicle to float. If you think the water is more than 6 inches deep, don't try to drive through it. Best to turn around and find another route.
Slow your speed
If you drive through water, slow down and take your time.
Watch for downed power lines
If you approach a water-ridden area where power lines are down, turn around.
Respect the barricades
If you're approaching a road that's barricaded, don't attempt to go around the barricade and take the road anyway. There's a good chance serious danger's ahead.
Don't wait out the water in your car
Because only a foot of water can make your car float and 2 feet can cause it to float away, your car's not a safe place to hide. If your car stalls due to water or starts to float, get out, find higher ground, and use your phone to call 9-1-1.