Nothing can control nature’s fury. And an ominous threat it poses is that of monsoon flooding, which is a common scenario. This can happen anytime and anywhere. Moreover, with the threat of global warming being at its peak all thanks to the damaging condition that climate change is, floods are becoming all the more common.
That being said, driving, which may otherwise seem a simple affair can soon at the outbreak of heavy monsoons and floods become a tricky affair.
Follow these important tips to drive through floods:
Avoid Massive Pools Of Water
Sounds easier than done, but a foremost step to ensure safety for yourself and that of your car is to avoid driving through massively flooded areas. It can be different if you are navigating in an SUV, instead of a sedan though.
Most cars, however, aren’t meant to be driven through more than half a foot of water. So the question remains, what to do in such times of duress?
One can refer to Google Maps, or opt for more staid approaches such as asking people for directions in order to avoid heavily flooded areas. Why lead the car to such a potential risk?
Moreover, before attempting to wade through a cesspool of water, try taking cognizance of how deep the water is.
Keep The Car In A Moving State
One of the first things to do in a flooding situation is to not bring the car to a halt and keep on moving. One should be mindful about moving slowly but steadily without running the risk of accelerating too much.
In the event of the later, there’s always a risk of water creeping into the vital parts of the car such as exhaust and the intake which potentially enter the combustion chamber and result in a damaged engine.
Another important tip to drive through floods is to put the car in a lower gear, as best as possible. Ideally, do not go beyond the first or the second gear. It could lead to car stalling if the vehicle is put to high acceleration.
Do Not Restart The Engine If Stalled In Water
If it happens that you manage to run your car over a water-logged area, then pay caution to not restarting the car engine immediately.
There are myriad reasons for taking this precaution. For starters, you do not want to put additional stress on the engine’s connecting rods, because this may lead to their breakage.
The subsequent repair, therefore, will burn a huge hole in your pocket- something you’re well-advised to avoid.
So if you suspect that water has made its way through the engine, then immediately turn it off to avoid any further damage.
Do Not Panic
An essential tip to drive through floods is to remain calm and not panic when the car is stuck in a huge cesspool of water.
Now even if it may seem less daunting but the force that standing water is known to exert on the car- during floods- is higher than what it seems. So much so that it can prevent the doors from opening.
But at the same time, you’ve got to bail yourself out from the probing situation. If the doors do not operate as they do normally, apply the force from both the legs.
And despite this, if the problem persists, then apply blunt force through a heavy object to break one of the windows to create an escape passage. It could be a headrest or something else.
At the same time be mindful of not breaking the windscreen as it is generally more difficult to break than the car windows.
Pump The Car Brakes, Once The Water Is Clear
When stuck in floods, try to first steer clear of a body of water. Upon ensuring this step, try to press the brakes hard. Pumping the brakes is an important step toward overall car upkeep as it pushes out the water that may have accumulated around that area.
Those cars that function on drum brakes face this common problem during flooding. Although, most car models sold in India come with the feature of rear brakes, which is why this action is highly recommended.