According to the National Weather Service, as little as 12 inches of moving water can sweep away a small car and two feet of rushing water can sweep away nearly any vehicle. Even a prudent driver should exercise extra caution when driving around flood waters. Therefore, let Columbia car accident attorneys provide you with a few tips for driving around flood waters before you get behind the wheel.
- Don’t drive if it isn’t necessary. The phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” doesn’t just apply to health. If you don’t have to drive during precarious weather, stay safe and stay indoors.
- Drive slowly over water. If may appear that the water or stream you are crossing is shallow, but looks can be deceiving. If other cars are traveling over the water, watch their tires. How high does the water reach on the tire? Did the water slow the vehicle? Did the water push the vehicle towards the stream?
- Know your surroundings. You might be driving with extra care, but you cannot dictate the actions of others. Turn off distractions so you can pay attention to the road and to cars around you.
- Know when to stop and wait or turn around. We have all been there. You are on the highway or some road during a light rainfall, then the rain picks up and you cannot see anything. Maybe you pull off the road or maybe you keep going. Perhaps you encounter a stream of water across the road. Maybe you turn around and look for another route or maybe you try to forge ahead. If you think there is even a possibility that you could get stuck in a dangerous situation, choose safety. Don’t let your schedule dictate your safety and the safety of others.
Hopefully, these tips help to keep you safe. However, if you do get injured in a car accident during severe weather, please contact us for a free consultation.