One of the greatest road hazards of the spring months is rain, which sometimes seems to be unavoidable. This year, prepare yourself for driving in the rain with these safety tips:
- Remember that the most dangerous time to drive in the rain is the first 10 minutes or so after the rain begins, when the roads are most slippery.
- When driving in the rain, be sure to always reduce your speed, which will give you more control.
- Avoid hazardous puddles, and never drive through standing bodies of water. In fact – just 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float away.
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you, just in case any driver loses control.
- And lastly, avoid using cruise control, which decreases your control over the vehicle and can lead to hydroplaning.
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The danger of flash floods is that they can happen so suddenly. That means you can be out and about and in your vehicle at the time. If you ever find yourself wondering whether to try and drive through floodwaters, the experts at weather.com have some advice:
“The single worst decision you can make in a flash flood is driving your vehicle into floodwaters of unknown depth.”
Maybe because we’ve seen it in the movies or because few of us have physics degrees, people will inevitably try to drive their vehicle through the water. Would you do it if you knew that 6 inches of water is high enough to reach the bottom of most passenger cars?
Double that amount of water and you’ve got enough water to make your vehicle float. Since cars are not boats, you have absolutely no control over your vehicle once it is floating. If the water is twice as high as that, at two feet, that’s enough water to carry away large SUVs and pickup trucks.
So, as far as how to drive in a flash flood, the best answer is don’t do it. If you must, find a way to determine how deep the water is first.