Publised : November 21, 2013
In certain cities, heavy rains and flooded roads are inevitable. There are some things you should consider before traveling in heavy rains.
When it is raining heavily, try to see if it is possible to delay your trip until the rain subsides. If this is impossible, plan your trip before you leave by considering which roads will be congested and which ones are prone to flooding. Take a different route. Be sure to carry your cell phone and travel with someone else if possible. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly.
Avoiding flooded roads is best but sometimes you may have no other option but to try to find your way through the waters. Be sure to drive on the highest part of the road to avoid water getting in the engine. Driving in first gear, go slowly. Driving fast through high water can cause expensive damage to your vehicle. Driving fast can also cause your tires to lose contact with the road and you will lose control of the vehicle. If this happens, ease up on pressure to the accelerator. Don’t break, let the car return to a safe speed. If you cannot tell how deep the water is, don’t drive down that road. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.