Flooded road

April Showers Bring Road Hazards

If we’re to believe the old adage “April showers bring May flowers,” we’re going to have a ton of flowers this May! The Farmer’s Almanac says we are in for an exceptionally wet spring this year, and so far that appears to be true.

While all this rain makes for a greener yard, it can also create hazardous driving situations. If you find yourself on a flooded road or in a flash flood warning, keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Never try to cross a flooded road, especially since the road could be washed away beneath the water’s surface. Find an alternate route.
  • Just 6 inches of water can cause loss of control and potentially cause a car to stall.
  • A foot of water can float a car.
  • Two feet of water can carry a car away, including SUVs and trucks.
  • If your car stalls in the floodwaters, immediately abandon the car and get to higher ground.

If you must cross a road with standing water:

  • Drive slowly.
  • Drive in the middle of the road where water is typically shallower.
  • Look for any debris that might be floating downstream toward you to avoid becoming trapped.
  • Watch for downed power lines in the area.
  • As always, it is best to turn around and find an alternate route.

Floodwater can cause extensive damage to your vehicle. If you suspect your vehicle has received damage, have a mechanic service your vehicle before driving it again. Remember that we’re here for you as well – make sure to contact us at 1-800-766-MMIC, visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com, or feel free to stop by our office!