Drivers out on road on Thursday warned 'you could pay with your life'

Drivers experts have outlined the best advice for drivers if they get caught out in floods. Parts of the country could see a “danger to life” due to downpours causing fast-flowing flood water and this will disrupt travel, effect power supplies and even cut off some villages.

Most drivers know that accelerating into flood water is a very bad idea - leading to engines being flooded and vehicles abandoned. But in heavy rain the water table can rise very quickly, catching out even the most experienced.

It comes after the Met Office issued weather warnings for the country. Within the Amber warning area 30-40mm of rain is expected to fall, with high ground of northwestern England seeing 70-90mm. The mountains of North Wales may see 100-150mm or more through the warning period which ends at midday on Thursday.

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Graham Conway from Select Car Leasing has outlined some strategies to remain as safe as possible if you find yourself in a spot of bother. He said: "It is very important not to underestimate the danger of flood water while behind the wheel.

"You may think the worst that can happen is a bit of splashing and turning on the windscreen wipers, but the reality is you could pay for this ignorance with your life. It is very difficult to predict how deep any standing water on roads is, so you have no idea what could happen as you approach it.

“And don’t think it doesn’t have the ability to wash a car away as it can be deceptively powerful. Therefore, the best thing to do is turn around and find another route entirely, rather than taking the risk of becoming stranded - or worse"

He added: "Water entering the system can lead to some serious issues, from short circuits to causing parts to completely malfunction. These include all sorts of sensors that ensure your vehicle operates correctly and smoothly. If the central computer system is infiltrated by water it could shut everything down, including windows and engine control units."

"If you do have to attempt to navigate shallower flood water, put your car in first gear and the revs high," he said. "Keep your speed to a crawl and aim to keep your exhaust above the water level. Most roads 'crown' in the middle, so that’s where you should aim for.

"When you get out of the water, dry off your brakes by using them gently and repeatedly." He explained: "If they ignore the cautious approach it could lead to water squirting into the engine bay and cause serious problems. It's also important to exit any standing water slowly as this can also push water into the engine."