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Motorists have been issued with advice on driving through deep water and urged to take extra care on the roads following warnings of possible flash flooding and torrential rain across the UK.

Flood warning as torrential rain hit UK

The Environment Agency currently has 'flood warnings' in place in three locations in the UK and 'flood alerts' - which are less severe - in 31 locations following several days of torrential rain, which is predicted to continue into next week.

Regions in the south-west, north-east and midlands have been particularly hard hit.

In response, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has advised motorists to avoid making journeys during bad weather and in torrential rain wherever possible.

Not only can wet roads increase the risk of accidents, driving through deep water can lead to moisture being sucked into the engine causing significant damage.

In some cases this could lead to drivers requiring replacement car engines to replace the damaged one.

As such, if you do need to make a car journey during torrential rain, the IAM has issued a number of important tips to remember if you come across a flooded part of the road.

First of all, try to drive on the highest section of the road and leave time and space to avoid swamping other cars and pedestrians, says the road safety charity.

Don't set off if a vehicle is approaching you, always drive slowly and keep going once you have started.

Drivers of manual cars should try to keep revs high by not fully engaging the clutch, while all motorists should keep their foot on the accelerator at all times, as failing to do this could allow water to travel up the exhaust pipe.

Finally, once you've successfully made it to the other side of the flood, dry the brakes of your car out before continuing on your journey, says the IAM.

This can be done by applying the brake as you drive along for a few seconds.

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