Driving Safely Through Flooded Roadways
Texas has seen its fair share of rain in the past months, and it seems as though storms won’t completely let up any time soon. Because no one can really predict the weather with 100 percent accuracy, it is important to remember that you may be driving in hazardous conditions this holiday season. Now is the perfect time to remind ourselves how to drive through flooded roadways.
The first rule of thumb, of course, is to turn around and follow an alternate route. Unfortunately, there are times when we are forced to drive through flooded streets. When you are faced with no other option, take these steps to keep yourself and your passengers as safe as possible.
- Estimate Depth
Do your best to estimate the depth of the water before you drive through it. If there are cars traveling in front of you, pay attention to the level of water on their tires or vehicles.
- Steady Pace
Drive through the water at a steady pace. Do not go quickly and do not gun your engine.
- Look for Danger
Keep an eye open for debris floating in the water. This can cause damage to your vehicle. Never drive through water that is near downed power lines.
- Test the Brakes
Once you have made it through the water, test your brakes as soon as you get to dry land. You can dry your brakes, if necessary, by gently depressing them while maintaining your speed.
If you happen to stall, try to restart your engine. Do keep in mind that this can cause severe damage to the internal components of your vehicle. If your car won’t start and you are trapped in rising waters, get out of your vehicle quickly and get to higher land. If you can’t get out, call 911 immediately.
It is rarely a good idea to drive through a flood, but sometimes you are left with no other choice. If you are forced to drive through a flooded roadway, follow these tips to make it through safely.
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