What can be done if your car is stuck in flood? Read on to find out.

What To Do With A Flooded Car

Dev Tyagi
Car Maintenance Tips
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What To Do With A Flooded Car

Dev Tyagi

It’s never a great sight to see one’s car stuck in flood. The scenario can actually be a common and even recurring sight in times of thick monsoons when whirlwind rainfall can wreak havoc especially owing to collapsing infrastructure.

Perhaps this is true for hundreds of thousands of commuters and travelers every year especially during times of peak monsoons in developing countries.

The car struck in flood means it being a floating wagon, a questionable and worrisome sight to anyone, truth be told.

But there are always some steps to follow amid times of such duress:

Call The Insurance Company

Among the foremost steps to follow with the car stuck in flood is to give the insurance company an immediate call. Generally speaking, flood damage is covered by comprehensive insurance.

You can be covered for whatever damage or spoils your car encounters during times of aggravated inclement weather.

Do Not Start Your Car!

Perhaps, there cannot be a poorer idea or one stymied by poor thinking than starting one’s vehicle with it in a cesspool of water. This can cause further damage to an already challenging situation. Because the water is still stuck in the engine of the car, starting it would cause further more damage.

Why take chances?

Try To Establish How Deep Was The Vehicle Submerged

The more your car recedes into a collection of debris or a pool of water the more clearer your chances of understanding how deep has it plunged into the cesspool, owing to a ‘waterline’ on the car.

This occurs both on the inside and the outside body. In situations where the water-level reaches to the bottom of the dashboard or higher, the insurance companies will consider it damage beyond economically-reasonable repair.

Try To Dry The Interior Of The Car

Monsoon flooding or the car being struck by torrential rains can never be an easy scenario to cope with. The car body, especially its outer parts being wet and stung by vicious rains can be dealt with.

But what’s concerning is the car- interiors being stuck by rains. An immediate course of action beckons one to dry out the interiors as quickly as possible.

Immediately begin by opening the doors and windows of the car. Unwrap the towels- should you have any- and spread them onto the floor so as to soak up the drenching.

And immediately plan to replace any essential interior component such as the carpets, floor mats, door panels, car upholstery.

Check The Electrical Systems

One of the things you ought to check with the car stuck in flood is check for the electrical systems of the machine.

You can begin by cranking the ignition key, a basic starter to see if it’s alright. Then, continue further to check the air-conditioning, interior lights, wipers, indicators, power-locks, so on and so forth.

Upon starting and driving, even if you recount anything that’s minutely amiss- such as the car wavering or moving about in a certain way- it could be a sign of an electronic malfunction. And it’ll need immediate correction and addressing.

Check The Wheels

There could be a collection or amassment of debris in and around the wheels, brakes and the underbody of the car. Before you start the car, check for this scenario.

In some situations, even a morsel of dried mud that’s stuck along the wheels or the brake area could cause grievance to the car. If possible, take a dry-spray hose and aim to clear up the constricted areas.

Check The Oil And Air Cleaner

The air filter of the car should not have accumulated water in it. The same way, the oil level shouldn’t be high. And if so, then under no circumstances, should you try to start the car.

This could spiral into an uncontrollable rut. It is also important to check for brake, clutch, power steering for contamination when the car’s stuck in flood.