Be careful when driving in flood conditions
The University of Houston
Department of Public Safety would like to offer the following
safety tips to students, faculty and staff about driving in
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger
cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles
including sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.
- Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of
water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out
under the water and you could be stranded or trapped.
- Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for the
protection of motorists. Turn around and go the other way.
- Do not try to take short cuts when evacuating. They may be
blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
- Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to
recognize flood dangers.