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Sixty per cent of motorists risk their lives driving through floods

Date: 18/11/2014 04:21:23
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

Millions of British drivers are foolishly risking their lives by driving through floods, it has been revealed.

A new report released by the Environment Agency and the AA shows that approximately 20 million Brits - or 60 per cent of all UK drivers - will continue to battle flood water instead of taking a detour, despite plenty of flood warnings, itv.com reports.

Since 2009 the AA alone has had to make 21,687 flood rescues, according to the report. The worst day for incidents was said to be Christmas Eve 2013, with 642 incidents reported.

A list of the ten worst areas for incidents was also revealed, seven of which are due to ford crossing points, bbc.co.uk notes. Rufford Lane in Newark, Nottinghamshire, was found to be the biggest black spot with 96 rescues, followed by Watery Gate Lane in Leicester (56 rescues) and Houndsfield Lane in Shirley, Solihull (50 rescues). All three are fords.

Darron Burness, head of the AA's flood rescue team, said: "During last winter, which was the wettest on record, we attended around 4,400 flood-related call-outs but many were completely avoidable.

"Just one foot or 30 centimetres of moving water can float your car, so if you're at all unsure of the conditions, turn round rather than risk your vehicle being swept down river."

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