Driving in Floods

On January 15, 2016

Driving in Floods

In these cold and wet winter months it’s vital that you look after your vehicle to minimise damage due to weather. This January has seen flooding all over the Dorset area, which could be deadly to your car! Be wary of large, deep puddles, as driving through them can flood the engine and may cause it to seize.

We’ve all seen the extent of the flash floods in the news recently, but what can we do to make sure they don’t affect our vehicles? Here are our top tips for keeping your car happy in flooding and wet weather:

  1. Try to avoid deep puddles: If you don’t know how deep the puddle is, don’t drive through it! If you HAVE to drive through the puddle, ensure you drive slowly at about 3-4 mph
  2. Ensure your vehicle is parked on raised ground: Although this isn’t always an available option, if possible try and park your car somewhere on higher ground
  3. Dry your brakes regularly – especially after emerging from a puddle
  4. If you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding, plan your route baring this in mind, and choose roads with minimal water build up
  5. Always remember that stopping distance increases when the roads are wet, so double the distance you leave between you and the car in front to minimise the risk of collision

If you do breakdown in heavy rain or flooding, make sure you do not pop your bonnet. It’s best to wait for the breakdown services to arrive, as the engine will be harder to get back up and running if it’s soaked!

We hope these tips help in extreme weather conditions. If you would like a winter motoring check for your vehicle, contact our team today to book an appointment.

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