Recently, parts of the UK have been battered with strong winds and bad weather, which means that motorists have been struggling to avoid encountering floods and standing water while driving. If you do face floods or standing water, then it is really important to approach them in a safe way. Remember the safer and better option will always be to find an alternative route to avoid the water. Modern cars are more than capable to use in spates of bad weather, but they are still vulnerable. Both, your car’s engine and electrical system are particular vulnerable to large amounts of water. However, there are a few different ways of safely driving through floods and standing water, of which we are going to cover during this blog post.
The best advice that we could give you early on, is to avoid the floodwater altogether. If you can find a solution that doesn’t involve coming into contact with the water, then you will minimise the risk to your own personal safety together with damaging your car. You need to definitely avoid driving through more than 8 inches of water to prevent your car from becoming damaged. But, if you decide to brave it and decide to drive through the floodwater and your car stalls, leave the bonnet closed to avoid taking on any more water, climb out and get yourself to safety.
Flood damage can ruin your car’s interior, cause fatal engine problems and completely destroy your electronic devices. This is why it is so important to protect your car from flood damage. It could completely write your car off or be incredibly expensive to get repaired. Here is Wheels4Sure’s top tips for protecting your car against floodwater.
Do not follow other cars as this could lead to you diverting from your original trajectory. Equally, it is also a good idea to stay well clear of large vehicles such as lorries are they are especially dangerous when it comes to floodwater and can create waves. Large vehicles can also cause water levels to rise, which can pose a further threat to your car and personal safety.
If you have no other choice than to go through floodwater, then it is really important to keep your car’s engine revving. By doing so means that it will prevent water from entering your vehicle via the exhaust. If you can accelerate into the floodwater at a speed of roughly 5mph, it will create a small wave but will protect your engine from the worst of the water.
Usually, the highest point of a road will be in the middle, which is known as the crown. Make sure that you pay attention at all times and look out for hidden dips in the surface such as potholes where floodwater could get deeper.
The most important thing to avoid doing while coming out of floodwater is stalling your car. If this does happen, then you must try to start your car as soon as you can as the longer you take, the further the floodwater will be entering your car’s engine.
If you got caught out by floodwater and had to drive through it, then you must access your car’s damage as soon as you possibly can. Immersion in water can cause major damage to your car’s engine, electrical systems and the interior. Follow these following steps to access and address the water damage.
It doesn’t matter how damaged your car is, the first thing that you need to do is call your insurance provider. Flood damage is normally covered by comprehensive insurance, so you may be covered for the repairs that your car needs.
Floodwater normally leaves a line of mud and debris on the side of a car, so it’s normally quite easy to determine how much of your car was submerged in water. However, if the water reaches a level that is close to your dashboard, then it’s better to get it towed to a mechanic for an assessment.
Modern car’s fuel systems are usually sealed to protect against water damage, but older models that are exposed to large volumes of water may need to have their fuel systems drained if faced with floodwater. When checking your fuel system, make sure you pay attention to the brakes, power steering, coolant reservoirs and oil as these are all at risk. One crucial thing to be aware of when checking the oil is that if you notice water on the dipstick, then do not attempt to start the car’s engine. If you are not sure how to check these things yourself, then we recommend getting your car towed to an experienced mechanic for a thorough check.
Checking your car’s electrical systems is one of the simpler tasks to complete. All you need to do is turn the ignition key, then check each electrical component one at a time. Things to check include the headlights, turn signals, stereo, windows and seat and air conditioning. If you notice anything ever so slightly amiss, then this could be a sign of electrical damage. Take your car to a mechanic for a check and remember that your insurance provider might cover the damage.
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