Too many motorists don’t realize the risk driving through six inches of water can be, according to a new survey.
One in three motorists said they believe they are comfortable driving their vehicles through at least six inches of water, according to a CARAVAN survey conducted by Engine of 1,004 adults conducted Feb. 25-27.
However, a half a foot of water can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles or stall in the middle of a flooded street and create a rescue situation for first responders, according to Jim Taylor, head of claims customer experience for Farmers Insurance, which released the study Wednesday as part of its Seasonal Smarts Digest.
“Spring storms, and the flooding and hail they may bring, often hit quickly with little or no warning, which means drivers across the country may be forced into situations where they need to make quick decisions on the road,” Taylor said.
In an effort to avoid those “quick decisions” Taylor suggested motorists consider parking near large buildings or under secure structures that may provide some shelter, even if there is a hint of hail in the forecast.
Motorists should also consider buying a car blanket designed to help protect their vehicles from hail or call a ride share or taxi service if severe weather is in the forecast, Taylor said.
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