Driving safety tips for future floods
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:43:21 GMT —
More scattered showers are expected throughout this week, which could mean more challenges for those driving on roads in places that are still flooded.
Less than a week ago, neighborhoods like Lees Landing Circle in Conway were flooded, so much so, that the road was impassible in places.
Drivers like Donald Edge still remember the challenges of driving in those conditions. It was a particular challenge for Edge, who is originally from Connecticut. He said he's more comfortable with driving through snow than a flooded area.
Edge wasn't sure what to expect when he drove his car down a road with water running over it.
"The current ripped the bumper clean off," Edge said.
However, those, who are more familiar with the local roads and flooding, said caution is critical when it comes to driving through water.
"It's always safer to not go through the water. You never know if there is a log or what's underneath if it's deep," said Jeff Muyer.
Tracie Lawrence, a AAA branch manager in Myrtle Beach, told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that drivers should be cautious, whether they know the area or not, to avoid going through flooded areas altogether.
Even if the water appears to be shallow in an area, it may hide dips in the road or a road that may be washed out completely.
It's not just the depth of water that drivers should watch, Lawrence said. It's also important to be aware of the current of the water.
Lawrence said it only takes one foot of water to float most cars and two feet of rushing water to float away vehicles, which includes SUVs and pick-up trucks.
However, if you choose to drive through standing water and find your car stalled, Lawrence said abandon your car and move to higher ground immediately.
Other AAA tips to keep in mind when driving through water includes keeping tires inflated, drive at appropriate speeds, and avoid putting your car on cruise control.