Young drivers would risk lives going through floodwater
Four out of five young drivers in the North East would gamble their safety by driving through floodwater, new figures have shown.
In a survey commissioned by the Environment Agency and the AA, 80.5 per cent of 18 to 34-year-old drivers admitted they would take the risk rather than find a safer route.
Driving through floodwater puts the lives of drivers and their passengers on the line, risks the safety of emergency responders and often causes serious damage to the vehicle, with three-quarters of flood-damaged cars being written off.
Caroline Douglass, of the Environment Agency, said: “The results of this survey are extremely concerning – no one should put their own life or those of their friends and family at risk during a flood. Just 30cm of water can float a family car, and smaller cars take even less.”
Vince Crane, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “If the road ahead is flooded, don’t chance it – flood water can be deceptively deep and can mask other hazards on the road.”
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He added: “It only takes an egg-cupful of water to be sucked into your engine to wreck it and on many cars, the engine’s air intake is low down at the front.
“As well as the damage to your car, attempting to drive through flood water puts you and your passengers in danger so it’s just not worth the risk.”
This winter the Environment Agency is encouraging people to be prepared and stay safe during flooding – visit https://floodsdestroy.campaign.gov.uk/For more information on driving in heavy rain and standing water, see www.theaa.com/driving-advice/seasonal/driving-through-flood-water