UK motorists ignore warning signs
Posted by Jason Nicholls
Research indicates that there could be as many as 680,000 drivers on British roads who would completely ignore a ‘flood warning’ or a ‘road closed’ sign.
A poll conducted by Populus on behalf of the AA suggests that many drivers would rather risk driving through moving flood water than bother with a detour.
It only takes a 30 cm depth of moving floodwater to move a car, so it would be far wiser to heed the warning signs.
Furthermore, 42 per cent of drivers say that they would blindly follow the car in front of them if it had crossed flood water successfully, regardless of the warning signs.
The AA reportedly has to rescue around 9,000 cars a year that have been trapped in floodwater, often due to attempting to drive through it.
Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “Flood water can mask all manner of hazards, for example open manholes.
“Moving flood water, particularly, is powerful, relentless and deceptively dangerous, so just stay out.”
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