Flooded roads


  • do not travel along roads that have been closed
  • take it easy when driving through standing water to avoid the risk of aquaplaning
  • only drive through water if you know that it's not too deep
  • allow oncoming traffic to pass first and test your brakes as soon as possible after leaving the water
  • if driving through deep water take it slowly but steadily, using a low gear, to avoid creating waves or causing your car engine to take in water
  • use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced
  • double the distance between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are increased by wet roads
  • do not attempt to drive through fast-moving water – your car could easily be swept away
  • remember that driving fast through standing water is inconsiderate and can cause water to be thrown onto pavements, soaking pedestrians or cyclists. You could face a hefty fine if the police believe you were driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.


  • in the event of flooding, residents are reminded not to enter flood water in case of hidden hazards such as lifted manhole covers.

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