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Firefighters offer road safety advice after wet weather rescue
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to take extra care on wet or flooded roads with the rain set to continue over the weekend.
Crews rescued a man whose car was stuck in about 2ft 6in (76cm) of water in a dip in Little Linford Lane, Little Linford, near Milton Keynes this morning, prompting their latest warning.
Firefighters recommend the following safety tips: • Try to avoid car journeys during the worst of the weather. Take great care when driving at night in areas that you know have flooded on previous occasions.
• Always check local traffic reports to see if the route is clear before you make the journey.
• Don’t ignore or remove flood warning, diversion or road closure signs.
• Remember, these days, a lot of a car's electrical systems are underneath the car. Don't attempt to drive through water that is more than a few inches deep.
• Floodwater is often deeper than it looks and may be moving quite fast. Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded.
• Six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over, and two feet of water can float a car.
• Drive slowly in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling.
• Avoid the deepest water, usually near the kerb.
• Test your brakes when you are through the flood before you drive at normal speed.
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