First and foremost. Even if you’re stranded in the middle of a trip, it’s never a good idea to drive on flooded roads. If you come across floodwaters on the road ahead, turn around to avoid drowning. Unpredictable weather, on the other hand, can quickly put you in a ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs situation before you can safely exit the road. If you find yourself driving through water despite your best efforts to avoid it, we have some advice for you.
When driving in the rain or in wet weather, extra caution is required. Wet roads can lead to reduced drivability, which increases the ʀɪsᴋ of lys. During and after a good rain, hydroplaning is a real possibility. In a flood, everything from downed power lines to debris can easily be hidden beneath the water and harm you without warning.
6 Tips for Driving Through Standing Water as Safely as Possible Driving through the water should be avoided at all costs. If you really must drive over a flooded road, follow the guidelines below.
Drive Down the Center: Which part of the road is the safest to drive on during a flood? Forget about lanes and drive straight down the middle. The water is usually shallowest towards the middle of the road.
Take Turns With Other Cars: Creating a single lane behind other drivers is safer than passing by and splashing water on passing vehicles. The vehicle in front of you can help move water out of the way, giving you a little more traction. Plus, when the roads are wet, stress levels are already high; there’s no need to add to the mix by speeding past them.
Only cross when the water is extremely shallow: Even 15cm (a little more than half an inch) of water at any speed can cause you to lose control – badly. Never attempt to cross water that is higher than the center of your wheels. This includes puddles.
Drive Slowly: The last thing you want to do on a wet road speeds up. If you must cross the water on the road, enter at 1-2 mph and drive at 3-4 mph to avoid engine flooding.
Low Gear Driving: Drive in low gear to protect the car. Maintain a low enough speed in an automated vehicle to stay in first or second gear. Keep your foot on the gas pedal and use the brake to control speed.
Make Sure Your Brakes Are Dry: You don’t want to spin out once you’ve gotten through the water. After driving through water, lightly brake while driving slowly to dry your brakes.
In the amazing video below, see how Massive Road Train trucks cross flooded rivers in the Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn outback.
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Video resource: Oz Outback Family