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With the exceptional amount of rain in Oklahoma lately, most people could benefit from learning how to drive on water and when it is not safe to drive at all. These tips can keep you from getting in an accident or damaging your car. They can even save your life, so pay attention! Your local car insurance broker wants to help protect you, your family and your automobile from hazardous road conditions and bad weather.


Always take weather and road advisories seriously. They are not being overly cautious, road closings and blockades are there to protect you. A car can get washed away in just 6 inches of rushing water. If you can’t stand in it, you can’t drive in it.


Three reasons you shouldn’t drive in standing or rushing water:


  1. The water can hide dips and obstacles in the road.

  2. Too much water submersion can ruin your car engine or exhaust system.  

  3. You can lose control of the car or start floating in very little water.


You don’t always know when a bad storm is about to hit and you could find yourself driving in hazardous conditions in the blink of an eye. If you find yourself driving during a downpour or even a flash flood, here are some tips to help keep you safe.


When You Have To Drive Over Standing Or Moving Water:


  • Keep in mind that only a half an inch of water on a roadway can make it difficult to control your car. Drive very slowly and cautiously over the water.


  • The water is at its lowest point in the center of the road. All cars should narrow to one lane down the center of the road.


  • Drive only 2-4 miles an hour. Make sure to leave plenty of space between the cars.


  • If you can, turn around and take a less flooded road.


  • If you are in moving water and starting to float, open the car doors to let water in. This makes the car heavier and may restore balance.


  • If conditions become too unsafe, exit the vehicle if you can and move to higher ground. Your car can be replaced, your life cannot!


Once again, it is never a good idea to drive your car over rushing water or more than half an inch or so of standing water. Unless you are a stuntman in an action movie, just don’t do it! Check weather conditions before going out and pay attention to weather updates and road conditions around you.


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