Safe driving tips during flash floods


Flash floods can approach rapidly and unexpectedly, especially in tropical climates like ours and during hurricane season. You might not always receive a warning that a flash flood is approaching.

Jennifer Silvey, emergency preparedness manager at UF Health Jacksonville, offers safe driving tips for driving in heavy thunderstorms or flash floods.

What should I do if Iā€™m already on the road in a thunderstorm?

  • Avoid areas that are already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Reduce your speed, turn on your low beams and windshield wipers and increase your distance between other vehicles.

How can I avoid hydroplaning?

  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Rotate and replace tires when necessary
  • Slow down when roads are wet ā€“ the faster you drive, the harder it is for your tires to scatter the water
  • Stay away from puddles and standing water
  • Avoid driving in outer lanes where water tends to accumulate
  • Try to drive in the tire tracks left by the cars in front of you
  • Turn off cruise control
  • Drive in a lower gear
  • Avoid hard braking ā€“ slow your speed and keep both hands on the steering wheel
  • Try not to make sharp or quick turns

If you see a flooded area ahead, always remember to turn around and don’t drown!

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