Things you need to know before driving through a waterlogged road

Flooded or waterlogged roads isn’t a rare sight to see nowadays all around the globe as most of the country has to face this atrocity once or twice a year, however, this isn’t the case in India where many of the states have to face this bizarre issue few months a year. Be it the capital of the country or the rural outskirts of the nation there isn’t any place safe from it, so today we bring you some of the must-know steps before driving through a waterlogged road.

Try to avoid it

The most basic thing to do whenever you see a waterlogged road is trying to find another way to reach your destination if you have a choice, as you might not know what is beneath the water or how deep is the water as if you aren’t lucky then you might encounter any pothole or any other thing that might be dangerous for your car.

Assess the depth of the flooded road

If you are in a city or town then you most probably won’t have the luxury to go with the first option, then what to do if you have no choice other than to cross the flooded road? Get the most basic information, which is to try to assess the depth of the flooded road. We know it isn’t possible to accurately measure the depth of the flooded road without a measuring tape, which would be pretty funny if you try to do so, but try to look for signs like the footpath or the car or bike crossing ahead of you as most of the modern cars can go in the water up to 1 to 2 feet without stalling in the mid.

one more important point to keep in mind before entering the water is to know if there is or isn’t a depth increase on the road as there isn’t turning back once you enter the waterlogged road.    

Open your windows when driving through a waterlogged road

This is a step most of us usually forget at that point but is the most important step, which is to keep your windows open while entering the water. Don’t be afraid of getting a few sprinkles in your car as sometimes it can be a lifesaver, if you are wondering how then stay tuned.

Most cars nowadays have many of their parts operated electrically especially windows which only operate while the car is running, suppose your assumption of the depth of water fails and you are stuck on the road with your car stalled then how will you open your windows? And if you stay inside the car there is a chance of generating carbon monoxide inside the car which is a silent killer in many similar cases.

Know how to drive through a waterlogged road

One should know how to drive on a waterlogged road, as no one teaches you this in the driving school. If the exhaust pipe is submerged in water, do not leave the accelerator and even when still you should keep revving as it will keep water out of your exhaust pipe. And remember if the water goes above your bumper level and starts covering your grille then you might be in danger because the air intake is just behind your grille and the engine needs that air to ignite the fuel in your car so if the supply is cut there is a change that instead of water the engine might suck up water.

If the engine sucks up water in the intake, then that can cause big damage to your engine resulting in a Hydrolock state. Hydrolock is a state when water enters your engine which can damage many parts of your engine like a piston, valves etc. which will result in a complete engine overhaul repair.

Know when to leave your car

Sometimes abandoning your car is the best solution when stalled as the insurance can pretty well cover the damage. However, do not straightaway leave your car in such a situation, if you can stay in your car and ask for help then well and good. But do not try to start your car if it is stuck in mid as that can suck up the outside water in your piston chamber.

If you see the water rising then you should immediately abandon your car as, if the water reaches a certain height, then the water pressure won’t allow you to open the doors.

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