Avoid Driving On Flooded Streets

Jim Luff
Posted on April 21, 2016

The recent flooding in Houston became a nightmare for chauffeurs and drivers. Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in America. Fatalities occur when people try to drive through deadly waters. Flowing water is very powerful. The jet stream from a water truck disbursing water over a road is powerful enough to propel a man through the air and raging water can easily do the same to a vehicle.

Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Never drive around a barricade. Even if you don’t see flowing water, it may be further down the road or expected to arrive in the area soon.
  • Never drive through standing water. It takes less that one foot of flowing water to move a car. The weight of standing water can cause a sinkhole and you and your car might be just the added weight to cause it to occur. If you must drive through water, make it slow and steady.
  • Watch for items flowing downstream that could collide with your vehicle.
  • Expect your brakes to fail momentarily after passing through the water. Be sure to test them at low speed before you actually need them.
  • Look for fallen power poles that may indicate live electrical lines down under the water.
  • If you get stranded in your car and need to get out, your best chance of exiting is through the window since water flow will likely prevent you from opening your door. Seek higher ground and wait for help to arrive. Call 911 to report your location BEFORE you exit your car, as your phone can quickly be swept out of your hands or pocket while you fight the water current.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • anthony

     | about 2 years ago

    Driving a vehicle that the engine is warm/hot into a cold body of water can cause some expensive damages to the engine or parts

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