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How to drive through flood water safely – avoid a massive repair bill with these tips

How to drive through flood water safely - avoid a massive repair bill with these tips 1

Floods can cause devastation for vehicles and motorists are urged to take extra care when driving through large puddles of floodwater. South Yorkshire Police confirmed floods had shut down key roads in several northern regions as officers advised motorists to not drive unless necessary. 

Look at the puddle 

Many drivers wouldn’t purposely put their car into a river or lake but seemingly have no issues speeding through road puddles. 

The RAC urges motorists to stop their vehicles and size up any large volumes of water before advancing for safety reasons. 

Pushing a car into deep water could make your car buoyant and begin to float as the tyres lose traction with the road surface. 

This could leave you stranded and unable to escape and increases the risk of more costly damage to a vehicle. 


Large amounts of water can get into the interior of the car through your door frames and often cause irreparable damage. 

Deep water can enter the cars electrics and cause the engine to seize, leading to serious and expensive damage. 

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This is likely to lead to an owner needing to get a new engine fitted for their vehicle which could be costly for the massive repairs. 

Motorists may not be able to claim in their insurance if it is revealed they could have done more to avoid the damage to the vehicle. 

Go Compare confirm on their website that insurers may not pay out on claims if a motorist has deliberately driven through a large puddle of water. 

Drive through water slowly 

Driving quickly through standing water can be very dangerous and is a major safety risk to yourself and other drivers. 

Speeding through large ruffle can cause your tyres to briefly lose contact with the road surface causing you to aquaplane. 

Motorists should drive through the puddle in a low gear with high engine revs as this will generate power to boost momentum. 

RAC experts say a few minutes extra planning could save road users time and money on expensive repair bills. 

Going fast also increases your risk of splashing pedestrians which can lead to police officers charging motorists with an offence. 

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Deliberately or carelessly splashing pedestrians can see motorists hit with a massive £5,000 fine and their points on their driving licence. 

Test your car 

When you have made it to the other side of a large amount of standing water, motorists should do small checks on their vehicle to make sure everything is working as it should be. 

A vehicle’s brakes can be soaked in dense water and this could limit their ability to function if applied soon after. 

Motorists are urged to drive slowly and regularly apply the brakes gently to what them up and return to normal function. 

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