Well I’m stuck at home today in Oxford as the town is currently under a “serious flood warning”. I’m pleased to say that I have already managed to move the surround sound system upstairs (priorities!).

If you are in the danger of driving into a flooded area today, the best advice I can give is to avoid driving at all. Sometimes this can be unavoidable and in this event I have supplied some tips for driving through floods…

• If the water looks deep or fast-moving, do not attempt to cross!
• If you do drive through a flooded area, drive slowly in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch – this will stop you from stalling.
• If you drive too fast through standing water you can lose control of the steering as the car ‘aquaplanes’. If this happens take your foot off the accelerator and hold the steering wheel lightly until the tyres grip again.
• Remember to test your brakes when you are through the flood, before driving at normal speed.

You can keep up to date with the latest news on today’s weather and traffic conditions on the BBC website or by listening to your local BBC radio station. Please remember to drive carefully!

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2 Responses to “Driving in floods”

  1. Xavier Vallee Says:

    I would also advise looking at the environment agency for the latest update on flood warnings in the arareas you’re travelling to and through. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

    Xavier

  2. intensive driving Says:

    Drivers of 4x4s should remember that the force of flood water can be immense and can carry even large vehicles away with ease.

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