Five Tips for Driving in Flooded Hampton Roads
In a new video, I describe how I had to abandon my car in flooded Norfolk today. Across the city many others were in the same position. My car may have reached the end of the road, but fortunately there were no injuries reported in today’s storm.
As the rain pelts our Hampton Roads area, drivers must take more precaution when out on the roads. The Tidewater area gathered around three inches of rain in the last twelve hours, causing flash floods all over. The City of Norfolk experienced some of the worst flooding, with roads blocked and littered with stalled out vehicles.
1 Stay off flooded roads if at all possible
2 Never drive through puddles that cover the entire width of the road. If road lines are not visible or the water covers the entire street, turn around and find another route.
3 If you find yourself driving through deeper water, try to maintain a slow but steady pace without stopping in the deep water.
4 Beware of tidal areas, dips, underpasses, and any low-lying areas, as they are the most dangerous.
5 When the deep flood waters clear, be sure to make sure your tires are not too worn, and are at the correct tire pressure. Worn or underinflated tires can cause cars to hydroplane over puddles causing motorists to lose control.
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