Follow these tips to protect yourself and keep safe when driving in floods
Flooding can occur when you least expect it to, and while you should avoid driving in floods at all costs, sometimes the surprise nature of these events can leave us with little choice. Unpredictable weather can put you in a dangerous spot really quickly, especially when you're in your car. It's therefore important to know what to do when you find yourself on a flooded road, whether the water is rushing by or just stagnant. Let's look at how you can best protect your car, yourself, and your passengers.
Whether it's pouring with rain, there's rushing water in the street, an area of the road has flooded and you need to pass through, or you are stranded in an actual flood, these tips for keeping safe are applicable:
Here's what to do after driving through water that isn't so deep that it floods your car:
What happens if you are caught in a flash flood, though? It's not always a simple matter of finding an alternative route; in areas prone to flooding, you need to know what to do when you're caught in your car during flooding. Here are some vital survival tips and suggestions for what to do if your car gets flooded:
Driving through water is dangerous, no matter how deep it is. If you drive too fast over even just an inch of water, your car can hydroplane as it loses traction with the road. This inevitable loss of control can lead to a serious accident. Hitting water at speed can also damage the front bumper of the car as well as any components located along the undercarriage as the water rips through. Here are some helpful notes to remember:
Despite coming equipped with myriad electrical components and a battery, EVs actually hold an advantage over regular gasoline-run cars when it comes to fording. This is because EVs are built to be more water-resistant and do not have air intakes, which means the propulsion system can't be affected by being immersed in water. It is still recommended to avoid driving during times of floods, regardless.
With most compact cars, such as a Kia Forte, water just has to be deeper than half the height of the wheels to be higher than the level of the chassis or exhaust pipe.
Some purposed off-road vehicles, such as the Land Rover Defender, are designed to handle a certain level of water fording. There are also snorkel attachments that can increase the depth a vehicle can go through standing water.