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Safe driving on flooded roads


Flooding occurs when rivers burst their banks due to long periods of heavy rainfall. Floods in urban areas can also occur when the sewers and drains become overwhelmed by the volume of water and overflow.

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or you just like to be prepared for unusual driving conditions, below are some tips for driving safely in flood conditions.

  • Flash floods can occur very rapidly and without warning. They are generally caused by rivers breaking their banks

  • You should never attempt to drive through floodwater that is more than 25cm (about 11 inches) deep. Remember if the flood water is moving it may conceal a damaged or even missing section of the road.

  • Barely 15cm (about 6 inches) of water will reach the bottom of the average car, which is enough to cause a loss of control or make the engine stall

  • Take turns with approaching vehicles to use the centre (the shallowest part) of a flooded road to get through one at a time

  • Remember that many cars can actually start to float in depths of water of no more than 30 cm (12 inches)

  • Don't try driving through fast-moving water, turn round and take another route - or you could easily be swept away

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At Car Call UK we specialise in helping customers who have had their cars damaged or have suffered injuries caused by negligent drivers in all kinds of weather conditions.

We will arrange for your damaged vehicle to be repaired, provide you with a like-for-like replacement hire car and even help make a compensation claim on your behalf.

Because we recover all costs from the at-fault drivers insurance company - it doesn't cost you a penny!

If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, we can help you make an injury compensation claim. Please give us a call on 0845 676 0615 or start your free claim enquiry online using the button below, and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.
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