Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
32+ years ago, when I was a fireman... I drove a pumper and the Aid Car. My instructors always said: "Beware of water."
It only takes a few inches of fast moving water to knock a vehicle off the road. If the water is up to the body of the vehicle, all bets are off. Put into the mix that you can't see the edge of the road you're trying to drive on and it is a recipe for disaster.
All a driver has to do, even in as little as a couple of inches of water is to drive off the road surface. This area is unseen to the driver, and often soft, or descending into a ditch, like in the pictures above. Again, it's not a good mix. Soft surface sinks the vehicle almost instantly when its weight bears down on soft soil. If that doesn't happen you see the results above, the driver descends into the ditch as the water masks the grade. Soon, he rolls, or looses more control as the vehicle may start to float in the filled ditch. It's a vicious circle.
Me, I stay away from water when it's flooding over a roadway.