Flood warnings are usually declared through news media such as television and radio. Some times flash floods will happen because of heavy rain. If there are chances of floods then it is better to avoid driving during such circumstances. If possible change your travel schedule. But if you are caught in a flood, here’s what you should do to stay safe while you’re driving the car.
- Slow the car speed: If you are driving through the water make sure you don’t drive the car fast, instead drive slowly and take your own time to go safely. If you are driving the car at a fast speed there are chances of losing control of the car.
- Maintain distance: Maintain a bit long distance from your car to other cars.
- Watch around: If you are driving on a flooded area, check for the power lines. If there are any power lines fallen on the road or in water then better not to drive on them. Take another route where it is safe.
- Obey barricades and signs: Obey the signs and barricades kept on and side of the road. They will are very helpful for driving safe.
- Don’t stop in the middle: One feet of water will make the vehicle float. If the water is rushing the car cannot be controlled. Better not to wait in the middle of the water. It may increase any time. If your car has started floating, then come out of the car and go to a safer place and call the emergency service.
- Check the depth of water: If you are sure about the depth of the water and have confidence to drive the vehicle, then go ahead. Road side curbs are one of the indicators to know the water level. But never take much risk. If the road is not flat your car can sink.
- Check water flow speed: If you need to go through the floating water, estimate properly the speed of the water. If you feel it is safe, then go. If the depth of the floating water is more than two feet avoid going through it.
- Check your car after you came out from flood: If water has entered in your car engine, it can damage the engine. Do not attempt to start the engine when the water is in the engine. It might not cover the insurance. If the water has damaged your engine, check with a mechanic. It is also important to test your vehicles brake system, tires and a complete analysis of the vehicle.