The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Fleet Safety Tip of the Week: Driving in Flood Conditions

June 05, 2013

Hundreds of residents were evacuated from communities north of St. Louis this week when levees for the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were breached, causing major street flooding. With so many storms occurring in recent days, particularly in the Midwest and South, now is a good time to review precautions your drivers can take if they ever find themselves driving in an area threatened by flooding.

According to FEMA, the following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

▪       Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.

▪       A foot of water will float many vehicles.

▪       Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including sport utility vehicles and pickups.

▪       Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.

▪       Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.

▪       Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.

▪       Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All
Sponsored by

Dick Malcolm is the fleet administrator for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Malcolm manages more than 11,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

Read more

Accident Costs Calculator

Use this calculator to see how much extra sales revenue your company needs to generate to make up for the profits lost as a result of fleet accidents.
Launch Accident Cost Calculator 

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher