Though rare overall, drowning in motor vehicles accounts for a third of all flood-related deaths
Accidents involving drowning in motor vehicles are very rare.
According to the Water Incident Database (WAID) there were 14* UK water related fatalities involving motor vehicles in 2010 out of a total of 303. By comparison there were 53 deaths in boating accidents and 30 anglers lost their lives by drowning in the same year.
Though rare overall, drowning in motor vehicles accounts for a third of all flood-related deaths.
If you're driving and become stuck in flood water, it's generally best to stay in the car and telephone for help rather than try to get out - unless the water is shallow and stationary, you can see the ground beneath the water and dry land is near by.
If your vehicle falls into deep water then you should brace yourself for the impact - it's possible that airbags may deploy when the car hits the water.
If you find yourself in a car that is filling up with water:
(11 December 2012)
*excluding suspected suicides
Image: Matt Drew, Environment Agency