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Driving in Heavy Rain and Flood Conditions

We all know the phrase “Turn Around Don't Drown,” but unfortunately Texas still has the highest number of flood fatalities and vehicle-related flood fatalities in the U.S., according to the Texas Department of Transportation and National Weather Service. Between 1959 and 2019, there were 570 vehicle-related flood fatalities, making up 58% of all flood fatalities. The majority of these deaths occured in Texas Hill Country, also known as Flash Flood Alley, and the majority of them were preventable. Review and share these safety tips to make sure you and your loved ones are driving safely during Texas' heavy rainfall months:
  • Check weather reports, roadway closures, and flood areas before getting on the road.
  • Do not drive if you do not have to.
  • When driving in storms:
    • Always keep your headlights on.
    • Do not use cruise control.
    • Drive slower to reduce chances of hydroplaning.
  • If visibility is zero, find a safe place to pull over with your hazard lights on.
  • Avoid edges of the roadways where large puddles can form.
  • Do not drive straight through roads covered with water or through large puddles. Puddles could be deeper than you realize.
  • NEVER drive through moving or rushing water.
    • Six inches of water can lead to a vehicle stall and complete loss of control.
    • One foot of water can float a car.

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