RSA issues warning on the dangers of driving on flooded roads 7 years ago

RSA issues warning on the dangers of driving on flooded roads

Exercise extreme caution on coastal roads.

Storm Frank is already starting to flex his muscles and many areas around the country can expect more flooding in the coming hours.


car at flood

With that, the RSA have issued a safety alert, particularly for those driving in coastal areas.

In addition road users are asked to take extra care when driving in flooded roads, particularly at night and have issued the following advice:

"If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. People underestimate the force and power of water. They take unnecessary risks and their vehicle could be swept downstream. A mere 12 ft of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just a foot of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.


"You also need to be extra careful at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers."

They've also advised watching this video from the US National Weather Service that highlights the dangers of driving in flooded roads.

Clip via US National Weather Service


For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.