Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.
The blog this week is about driving in floods. With the incredibly hot and dry summer that we have encountered you will find that there is a lot more surface water when it rains. This is because the grounds are so dry the rain is sitting on the surface and taking a lot longer to sink in. As the leaves start to fall they can block drains and if there is no place for the water to go it will build up on the roads. So our blog as we move into Autumn and Winter is what to do when faced with flooding whilst out in your car. Read below to find out more.
It can be incredibly difficult to gauge the depth of the water, plus you have the added issue of not knowing what the road condition is actually like under the water. If you are not happy about walking through it or you can’t walk through it then generally the best thing is not to drive through it. The problem with driving through flooded roads is the possibility of water being sucked into your exhaust pipe or the air intake on your Volvo or Toyota. If this happens then your car will probably stall and you may damage your engine. If this happens then you will find yourself facing an incredibly expensive repair bill.
If you decide that it is safe to proceed (water no more than halfway up your wheels and not fast moving) then ensure that you are in a low gear and proceed slowly but steadily ideally through the centre where hopefully the water will be at its lowest. Do NOT follow the person in front of you. If you follow directly behind someone and they suddenly encounter a problem or stall then you are stuck behind them in the water. Take it in turns with oncoming traffic, don’t forget that if you are both coming through the water together the water will be sent sideways onto each others cars causing a potential problem. Once you have safely negotiated the flood check your brakes are ok by using them several times before increasing speed and going forward with your journey. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!
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