in the bleak midwinter - flood

  • do you really need to make the journey?
  • don't set off if a vehicle is approaching you
  • never take your foot off the accelerator in deep water, as this could allow water to travel up the exhaust pipe
  • drive on the highest section of the road
  • give room to other cars and pedestrians
  • drive slowly and keep going once you have started
  • in a manual car, keep the revs high by "slipping the clutch" (keeping the clutch partly engaged) while in the water
  • once you're out of the water, dry the brakes by lightly applying them, after checking behind for traffic first



Even if water on the road appears shallow, it may be much deeper than you realise.  Less than a centimeter of water can cause you to lose control.