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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Drive During a Flood

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown

Avoid Traveling During A storm

While it can be frustrating to be stuck at home after a storm in Leicester, NC, this is the best option if the alternative is driving on a flooded street. This can be incredibly dangerous and risky for both you and your vehicle. The following are just a few reasons why it’s better to wait it out.

1. You Can’t See Where You’re Going
In some instances, what might look like a safe path may actually be hiding a number of dangers. Water can cover debris and road damage. For example, what you think is a shallow puddle could instead be a much deeper pothole. Because you cannot see what is beneath the surface on a flooded street, this makes it difficult to drive safely.

2. You Could Lose Control of the Vehicle
Even if you are an experienced driver, you are not prepared to drive on flooded roads. For most cars, a couple of feet of water is enough to cause it to float. One foot can do the same to smaller vehicles. If this happens, you will be unable to control the vehicle and could be swept away with the flooding water. It may even cause the car to flip over.

3. You May Damage Your Car
Along with being unsafe, a flooded street can pose a risk to your vehicle. Your car is not designed to be used in water, so operating it during a flood can cause damage. In some cases, a water damage remediation service may be able to save the vehicle. However, depending on the severity of the damage, you could end up needing to purchase a new car.
Even the best travel tips cannot tell you how to safely drive through a flood. Whenever possible, travel should be avoided completely during this time. Instead, wait to leave your home until you are certain the water has receded and it is safe to go on the road.

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