5 tips to drive safe on flooded roads - The Financial Express

5 tips to drive safe on flooded roads

Gurgaon's roads, especially NH8 has almost come to a standstill since yesterday evening on account of heavy rain and massive traffic jam.

By: | Updated: July 29, 2016 11:32 AM
When crossing water along with multiple vehicles, ensure to keep throttle on at all times, ideally around 2,000 rpm to ensure the water isn't sucked into the exhaust pipe due to the engine suddenly stopping or losing power. (Image: Land Rover) When crossing water along with multiple vehicles, ensure to keep throttle on at all times, ideally around 2,000 rpm to ensure the water isn't sucked into the exhaust pipe due to the engine suddenly stopping or losing power. (Image: Land Rover)

Gurgaon's roads, especially NH8 has almost come to a standstill since yesterday evening on account of heavy rain and massive traffic jam. People have reportedly been stuck in traffic for about 10 hours and even since today morning NH8 is clogged with traffic. Heavy rains also seem to be wreaking havoc on Mumbai as reports suggest disruption of traffic movement. It's likely that during this phase of Monsoon, you might come across flooded streets while driving. We tell you top 5 things to keep in mind when facing such flooded streets in order to ensure your and your car's safety.

Never try to wade through water if you haven't already seen anyone crossing it. At times, broken roads or craters are impossible to spot in dirty water and these can lead to the vehicle falling into them, compromising the safety of the occupants.

When crossing water along with multiple vehicles, ensure to keep throttle on at all times, ideally around 2,000 rpm to ensure the water isn't sucked into the exhaust pipe due to the engine suddenly stopping or losing power.

Always cross water-logged streets only with enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. The distance should be enough to make you feel certain that you'll cross the stretch without having to stop.

In case, you get stuck on a flooded street due to the engine dying off, turn off the ignition and do not attempt to crank the engine at all. If water has passed into the engine, cranking could lead to the cylinders and pistons being damaged, leading to a massive repair bill.

Always avoid driving on inclined roads with a substantial water flow since large objects such as fallen trees travel at high speed on such inclined surfaces. Sudden impact with these objects on a low-grip surface can lead to irrecoverable loss of the vehicle's control and raise serious safety concerns.

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