Use caution when driving in heavy rainfall

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One Hancock County man is lucky to be alive after a section of Old Kiln Road washed out underneath his vehicle Saturday night.
While this man’s trouble could not be easily avoided, there are a number of recommended safety tips to help ensure that motorists make it home safely during heavy rains.
With more rain in the forecast this week, we can probably expect to see flooding in some areas.
According to the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s website, inland flooding is the predominant weather-related cause of death in the United States.
Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult and about two feet of rushing water to carry away a vehicle, the website states.
When approaching an area covered with water, motorists will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water, the website states.
It’s important to turn around when you reach a flooded area, not only are you risking your life and those of your passengers, but the lives of first responders as well.
Make sure you receive up to date information concerning weather conditions and plan ahead.
If you must run errands, avoid flooded areas. Same goes for the commute to work, allow extra driving time to arrive on time safely.
Try and avoid roadways that frequently flood and seek higher ground immediately if you find yourself in the middle of a flood.
These tips can also be utilized as we approach the beginning of hurricane season.
Remember to be safe not only for the health and safety of your loved ones, but for other families on the road.

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