Weather conditions have been hazardous over the past few weeks and we have some advice for anyone who is driving in flood conditions.
The RAC give this helpful advice:
- Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth – the edge of the kerb is a good indicator
- If you do go through water, drive on the highest section of the road
- Drive steadily and slowly so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and allow oncoming traffic to pass first – make sure you have a clear route ahead so you do not have to stop in standing water
- Driving at speed may be dangerous to other vehicles or pedestrians and could cause loss of control
- Drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front
- Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – you could easily get swept away
- Test your brakes after leaving flood water
- If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not attempt to restart as engine damage may occur – instead call for assistance and have the vehicle professionally examined.
Ultimately if you are unsure then try to use a different route. At times when weather is severe it is worth logging onto a website like Travelwatch NI and having a alternative route in mind just incase. The most important thing to do is to fight the urge to drive through water quickly and don’t panic.