Firefighter warning after man’s car caught in flood water

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Drivers are being urged to take care on the roads during the wet weather which has caused floods in many areas.

Firefighters made the plea after incident this morning which saw three crews called to rescue a man whose car was stuck in more than two feet of water in Little Linford Lane, Little Linford at 10.30am.

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.