Safe Driving In Heavy Rain, Floods and High Winds

Safe driving in high winds, rain and floods

Guide - Driver 19 Jul 2016

Did you know?

  • Last year, Insurers in the UK received claims for 5,600 flooded vehicles – an increase of 200 on the previous year when the total bill topped £22 million.1
  • Most vehicles will start to float in just one foot of water and two feet can be sufficient to sweep your vehicle away.
  • Beware! 32% of flood-related deaths are by drowning in a vehicle.2
  • The engine’s air intake is low down at the front of many cars and it can take just a tiny amount of water in the combustion chamber to wreck an engine.
  • In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry surfaces.
  • If the speed of the flood water doubles, the force it exerts on you and your car is quadrupled!3

1 ABI January 2016
2 AA April 2015
3 AA April 2015

Driving in wet conditions can be hazardous and even drivers with local knowledge can be caught out during heavy downpours. Consider whether your journey is really necessary. Check weather forecasts and traffic news. In bad weather conditions, the safest journey is the one that you don’t make.

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