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IAM issues warning over flash floods
6 July 2012
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued a warning over driving in wet weather or flooding following heavy rain across several parts of the UK.
Warnings have been issued by the Met Office as torrential rain sweeps the country, with the Environment Agency urging 100 communities to be prepared for the possibility of floods.
This has prompted IAM chief examine Peter Rodger to warn motorcyclists, car drivers and couriers to be conscious of the impact these difficult conditions can have on their driving abilities.
"When driving in wet conditions remember that stopping distances will increase and visibility will be reduced. Drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down," he said.
He added that roads will also be more slippery when steering, something than can be an issue for all kinds of drivers, and urged road users to plan ahead in order to avoid any sharp turns.
Additionally, Mr Rodger argued that drivers facing a flood situation should attempt to avoid making the journey at all if this is possible.
However, IAM also issued some advice for those that are forced to travel on flooded roads.
It encouraged motorists to drive on the highest section of the road in order to avoid slipping into deep water, adding that it is also crucial to give fellow drivers as much space as possible.
"If you can't see where you are going to come out of the water, such as when approaching flooding on a bend, think twice about starting to drive into it," the organisation suggested.
When travelling through deep water it is crucial to keep pressing on the accelerator in order to stop water from entering the exhaust, IAM concluded.
Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, reassured Britons that it has a number of teams checking flood defences and setting up emergency rooms for those who experience problems.
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