As National Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, I thought it was interesting that, according to NOAA, 39% of people killed in flash floods in 2012 were killed while driving.
A driver approaches a section of road with water across it. The water doesn’t look deep, so the driver assumes it is safe to cross. Only he assumes wrong as the car gets carried away to deeper water before the driver can even think about escape.
Did you know that it only takes 18 inches of water to lift your vehicle and carry it away? That isn’t much water, so even if it looks like there isn’t a lot of water covering the road, that doesn’t mean it is safe to cross.
Once the vehicle is floating, it often rolls over, trapping anyone inside. Make sure you have an emergency auto hammer in an easy to access location, just in case you find yourself in a vehicle in the water.
The best course of action when you encounter flooded roads is to turn around. Don’t risk your life to get where you are going.
Image Credit: NOAA