54% of UK drivers would endanger themselves and their vehicles by driving through moving flood water according to a joint Environment Agency and AA survey of 21,165 AA members.
More than a quarter would drive through moving flood water deeper than 30cm, which is enough to move a car. The Environment Agency and the AA strongly advise not entering flood water that is moving or more than 10cm deep. A third of flood-related deaths involve a vehicle because drivers take unnecessary risks.
Last year, the second wettest on record in the UK, claimed the lives of several motorists. The AA also rescued almost 9,000 vehicles that had driven through or were stuck in flood water, with an estimated insurance bill of more than £34 million.
Those aged between 55 and 64 were most likely to risk driving through the deepest flowing flood water (up to 34cm) and men would attempt to drive through deeper water (up to 34cm) than women (up to 27cm)
Phil Rothwell, head of flood strategy and engagement at the Environment Agency, said: “Tragically people die because they’ve taken risks and attempted to drive through flood water just to save a few minutes.”
Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: “Three-quarters of cars that get stuck are written-off. Flood water can mask all manner of hazards and just one foot of moving water can float your car.”