A third of flood-related deaths involve a vehicle because drivers take unnecessary risks.Flood water deeper than 30cm is enough to move a car.  You should not drive through flood water that is moving or more than 10cm deep.

Dangers of flood water

  • Flood water is dangerous, dirty and can carry disease.
  • Three-quarters of cars that get stuck are written-off as it only takes a tiny amount of ingested water to wreck the engine.
  • Flood water can mask all manner of hazards, for example open manholes, and just one foot or 30 centimetres of moving water can float your car.
  • If there is widespread flooding in your area then don’t travel and if a road is closed then turn around and make a detour. Your journey could take you a little longer but making the right decision could ultimately save your life.

More information

For more information and advice about flooding, see the Flood section on the Environment Agency's website.

Page owner: Laura Moyano . Last updated: 07/12/2017 15:42