Flooded Roadway Safety

Flooded Roadway Safety

Flood Safety – It may come as a surprise to some, but the Sunshine State isn’t always sunny. Matter of fact, the weather here has a mind of its own; especially during the summer months. The wet season in Central Florida lasts an average of five months, generally beginning in late May and running through mid-October. With all of the rain in the area, roadways are sure to become flooded and we want to help you stay safe when you encounter a road with standing water.

If you’re able to turn around and renavigate, we encourage you to do so. Not only is driving through standing water dangerous for your car, but it’s also dangerous for you. Think about this: nearly half of all people killed in floods are those who try driving through flooded areas. Once your vehicle is lifted off the road by high water, it can easily be pushed sideways. Most vehicles will then tend to roll over, trapping those inside. Also, water can erode the road bed, creating unsafe driving conditions. There is never a guarantee that the road still exists under the water, or that the roadbed hasn’t been undercut by the standing water, just waiting for a little additional weight to make it collapse. Additionally, underpasses can fill rapidly with water. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in five to six feet of water.

Our rule of thumb is: IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE FLOODED SECTION, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS IT!

Happy Driving,
Stay Safe & Try to Stay Dry