Be Flood Safe

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS -

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.

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