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Flash Floods may cause problems for drivers

Postby ozzzie » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:53 pm

IAMNewsDesk wrote:Motorists are being warned that the inevitable
flash floods that come with heavy rain could make driving conditions
particularly hazardous.

Road safety charity the IAM is warning that motorists could face
torrential rain in the coming days, which means poor driving visibility,
difficult car control, slippery road surfaces and increased stopping
distances.

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "A suddenly very wet road
surface increases the chances of slipping when braking or steering,
which is a problem not just for motorists, but cyclists and
motorcyclists too.
[*]"

In cases of severe flooding, you should reconsider making the journey at
all. If it is unavoidable, and you have to drive through deep water, the
IAM recommends drivers take the following precautions:
Drive on the
highest section of the road and don't set off if a vehicle is
approaching you.
Leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and
pedestrians.

Drive slowly and keep going once you have started - make
sure you have a clear run. In manual car, keep the revs high by
"slipping the clutch" (which means the clutch is not fully engaged) all
the time you are in the water.
If you can’t see where you are going to
come out of the water, think twice about starting to drive into
it.
Under no circumstances in deep water take your foot off the
accelerator, as this could allow water to travel up the exhaust
pipe.
Once you're out of the water, dry the brakes before you need them.
The best way is to lightly apply the brake as you drive along for a few
seconds, after checking nothing is following you too closely.
Mr Rodger
added: "Another thing to consider when driving in wet conditions is
stopping distances, as roads are slippery and it will take longer to
stop. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down.
Visibility will be lower during heavy rain, so make a point of turning
on your headlights whenever you need to use your windscreen wipers. Use
your air conditioning to help clear the windows."


*Apparently bears have defecation preferences that involve woodland and the Pope is connected to an organisation that dislikes contraception and gay marriage.
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Re: Flash Floods may cause problems for drivers

Postby davebloke » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:39 pm

is it also the case that a famous fictional detective with a pipe and deerstalker, was told of an absence of solid matter at the sewage treatment plant?
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Re: Flash Floods may cause problems for drivers

Postby ozzzie » Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:42 pm

davebloke wrote:is it also the case that a famous fictional detective with a pipe and deerstalker, was told of an absence of solid matter at the sewage treatment plant?


I've always been a fan of Poirot.
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Re: Flash Floods may cause problems for drivers

Postby davebloke » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:05 pm

[quote="ozzzie"

I've always been a fan of Poirot.[/quote]


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