The risk of flooding is greater at this time of year, more than 60% of UK drivers say they would still risk an accident by driving through flood water.
This is one of the findings of a joint survey by the Environment Agency and the AA. It reveals that two thirds of men and half of women would drive on flooded roads.
So what’s the best advice for driving on flooded roads? Here are a few golden rules to help keep you and your vehicle safe:
1. Only drive through water if you know that it’s not too deep. If the water is no more than half way up your wheels, it’s probably safe to proceed.
2. Drive slowly so as not to create a bow wave in front of the vehicle and make sure you have a clear route ahead to avoid stopping in standing water.
3. Always test your brakes after driving through water.
4. Never attempt to drive through fast-flowing water as your car could easily be swept away.
5. If you become stuck in a flood, unless the water is shallow, stay in the car and phone for help rather than try to get out.
6. If your engine cuts out after driving through deep water, do not try to restart it or you could seriously damage your engine. Flood water, particularly sea water, can play havoc with a car’s electrical systems.
If your vehicle is affected, visit your nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer and get it checked out.