During the winter months, Irish roads are often covered in flood waters from rivers, lakes, overflooded ditches sea and ocean. Floodwaters are one of the hazards we face on a yearly basis. Whether or not you live in an area that suffers from frequent flooding, it’s useful to know what to do if you find yourself in caught up in a flood situation. Here are some tips that will help to prevent accidents from occurring on flooded roads.
First and foremost, never drive through water if you are unsure how deep it is. Wait and proceed with caution. If your car stalls in the middle of a body of water, all sorts of issues can arise. Other cars could impact your vehicle or, if the flooding gets worse, your car could be badly damaged.
Proceed with caution, if you are driving during very wet weather. This is the case, regardless of whether or not your vehicle is four-wheel drive and capable of driving in extreme conditions.
Driving fast during a flood increases your chances of being involved in an accident. This includes accidents with other drivers, pedestrians and stray objects. Always take your time and be aware of your surroundings.
If there is extreme flooding, you should do your best to get to higher ground. The closer you are to sea level, the more at risk you are of being involved in an accident.
If you are at home, secure any items that can be swept away. Large items such as garden furniture and tools can become a serious hazard to you and anyone who might be stuck outside during a flood.
Our last tip on preventing accidents during a flood is to listen out for flood warning updates. Do this by tuning into the radio, watching TV or following news outlets on social media. Take official warnings and advice seriously because they may save your life.