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Road safety

York & North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership 95 Alive 

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North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service actively work with the 95 Alive York & North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership to reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

Visit the 95 Alive website for road safety advice here; Roadwise website

You can also find links to useful road safety information here

Driving and dealing with floods

When you have to pass through a flood, take your time. Stop and assess how deep the water is. Don’t just drive into it. Some roads that are likely to flood have depth gauges. Check the depth on these.

Deep water

If the water seems too deep for your vehicle, turn back and go around the flood by another road. It might take a little longer, but that’s better than finding yourself stranded.

If the water is too deep it could:

·         flood the exhaust, causing the engine to stop

·         find its ways into the air intake on some vehicles, causing serious engine damage

Shallow water

If the water isn’t too deep, drive on slowly but be sure to keep to the shallowest part. Remember, because of the camber of the road, the water is probably deepest near the kerb and shallowest at the crown.

Drive in first gear as slowly as possible but keep the engine speed high and steady by slipping the clutch.

  • If the engine speed is too low, you might stall.
  • If you go too fast, you could create a bow wave. Water will flood the engine and it could cut out.

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