Use caution when encountering flooded roadways
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
With every change in the weather comes a new set of challenges.
The latest challenge is flooding.
Indiana State Police are especially concerned with the potential for motorists to get trapped in flood waters.
With all the snow that is melting and more rain in the forecast, you can bet we'll be dealing with some water- covered roadways. The ISP has listed some safety tips if you encounter high water conditions.
Always carry a cell phone and charger.
Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
Never drive around barricades at water crossings.
Be especially careful at night or early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it's depth across the roadway.
Reduce your speed in rain and never enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface and increases your chance of losing control of your vehicle.
Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out. After you've driven through any depth of water, pump your breaks several times to make sure they are operating properly.
If you end up in water, immediately exit your vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 9-1-1 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway. A huge pothole might be hidden under even a small amount of water.
Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.
If you find yourself stranded in water, act fast. Get yourself and everyone in your vehicle out of their seatbelt and out a window onto the roof of the car.
The best tip ... if you encounter water in the roadway, find another route.