Be Flood Safe
USRider reminds horse owners to be
® extra cautious on the road when traveling with horses in wet weather. More than half of flood fatalities in the United States each year are vehicle-related, usually the result of a driver misjudging water depth and the force of moving water. And a vehicle can float dangerously out of control in just a few inches of water.
Follow these travel tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help keep you and your horse safe on the road. • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or other trusted weatherrelated sources. • If flooding occurs,
get to higher ground. • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing quickly. Don’t drive around a barrier or attempt to cross a flowing stream. • Never drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. • If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately, and seek higher ground. • Be especially cautious at night, when it’s
harder to recognize flood dangers.
Your rig can float dangerously out of control in just a few inches of water. Follow these guidelines to help keep you and your horse safe on the road.