In these cold, wintery months, Australia is far more prone to flooding than at any other time of the year. Across the world, the U.S. is facing a similar problem, with tropical storms bringing flash flooding across the region. Extreme weather warnings are rife across the globe, so it’s time that we issue the following demand, ever so calmly:
Please do not ever drive into a flood.
“It’s not even halfway up the tires,” you say, and I do not care. Turn that car around and go wait it out somewhere.
According to the United State's National Weather Service, more than half of flood-related drownings in the country take place after a vehicle has been driven into flood water. “A mere [six] inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult,” the agency warns. Think your car is any safer? “It takes just 30cm of rushing water to carry away most cars and just two feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks.”
The instruction to “Turn around, don’t drown” may feel cheesy, but floods can swell up quickly and even take place in unexpected spots where storm drains can’t handle a sudden deluge. It’s best not to take your chances if the road ahead of you has any standing water.
If you would like an even nicer reminder of this concept, here is a PSA in the form of a music video! It’s so earnest it’s impossible to hate.