Driving during a flood is both annoying and terrible. Have you tasted it?
Imagine our beloved car was forced to swim into a road that was like a swimming pool. It must be dug dig, worried and irritated. After successfully coming out of a pool of water, the heart will be empty and relieved. But after we get out and see our car. Wow, that’s a car that has been plowed out of the fields. Plastic, leaves, garbage, and even tree branches all stuck to the bumper and the bottom of the car. Not to add a dirty body exposed to mud.
But the most serious fact is that the car has broken down. Already
Now we have entered the month of September. Well, usually if you have entered the month that ends “ber” like this is a sign that the rainy season has arrived. For some of us, the rainy season also means the flood season. This is especially felt for those of us who live or often through flood-prone areas.
In order to welcome the rainy season, hehe, in this review we will review safe ways to drive when flooded. We must know this, because the risk is quite dangerous for the wallet security haha. Not only the interior is dirty but if the engine has hit, the impact is fatal.
Let’s just start.
Analyze Roads and Prepare Cars
Some roads in our city must have been known to be prone to flooding. If there is heavy rain, consider not to go through this road. The first rule in driving when flooding is DO NOT. Look for other routes. But yes if it is really forced to go through this road, then prepare our car.
Get to know our car. There’s no need to look at the exhaust height, because that’s not the point we need to worry about. Pay attention to the height of our engine especially the position of the air filter housing. That’s the maximum height of our car to drive in floods. So, if the height of the flood above that, it’s better not to push away.
Cars with suspension that can be set high and low like coilover and air suspension, when the rainy season is better raise the car. When flooding, the road will be filled with water, so reduce the air pressure on the tire so that tire traction can bite more. Reduce around 2-3 psi.
In rear wheel drive type cars, adding extra weight to the trunk also helps to add traction to the car. Also make sure we bring a jack and if there is, also bring a jackstand.
For those who park in the basement whether it’s an apartment, mall, or office. Beware, because it is not uncommon for cases of flooding that occur in basements in flood prone areas.
Driving on the Flood Road
After everything is ready, it’s time to enter the battlefield haha.
At this time we must be feeling anxious and anxious. Try to stay calm, especially we have prepared our car.
Don’t be in a hurry to get into the flood. Pay attention and analyze the road conditions first. See if the position of our engine air filter is higher than water. Also determine which part of the road we will take. Observe other cars that are swimming in front. Observe the water level. Sometimes there are also holes with holes so that the car goes deeper in the water. Generally the safest part is the middle of the road. Avoid the side of the road because we cannot see the gutter covered by the flood. It might work.
Let the car ahead advance until there is a large enough distance. Because when we enter a flood, the car must not be silent or must continue to run.
Before driving, make sure the air conditioner is off, remove the seatbelt, open the door lock, and open the window. This is to anticipate our emergency out of the car. Although sometimes there are cars that are frivolous, speeding during floods results in water splashes.
Always use 1st gear with a stable RPM in the range of 1500. Do not grunt the engine, oh what is it roared haha. It means not to be roared. A high RPM position will make a lot of air into the engine. This can make the water also sucked into it. Enter the water at a steady pace, keep going, don’t stop until you come out of the pool of water.
The use of couplings when flooding can get water into the transmission. This can damage because oil is mixed with water. So in short, from the end of the entrance to the exit we continue to use 1st gear with a stable 1500 RPM. Without stop. Do not use half clutch. Without changing teeth.
If the car feels crushed like it’s going to die, don’t force it. Turn off our car immediately. It was a sign of the engine getting into the water. By turning off the engine early, we will reduce the risk of a water hammer . Better to look for help to tow or push the car. If we are desperate to restart the engine, the water can be sucked through the exhaust and air intake. Destroyed the piston, noken as and the depth of our engine. Remember the cost of repairing the engine is far more expensive than the cost of washing a car salon.
After success through the flood road, do not immediately speeding. Test our car brakes whether it still bites or not. If you feel less gripped because the brake component is wet with water, try to warm it up first. The trick is to do a small brake repeatedly. Brake slowly, release, brake slowly again, release. Another faster method is left foot braking . Gas the car until it drove slowly while the left foot pressed on the brake.
Driving Tips When Flooding
Here are some tips for driving when flooding.
- If we are trapped in a flood position that is difficult to pass, look for a plateau that is rather high. Park the vehicle, remove the battery, close the exhaust tip, and if you still have time, jack the car, especially the front engine.
- Be careful when there are collapsed power poles or collapsed trees that carry electrical cables. Electricity can flow through water very easily.
- Make good communication with other drivers or people around the road. Ask how the condition of the flood road ahead.
- Be more careful when crossing flooded areas at night, because it will be more difficult to anticipate dangerous conditions.
- Pay attention and be aware of objects that are carried by the water which can block our car’s path.
- Cars that are soaked in flooding should be left alone or even in the sun to dry completely. Don’t forget to unplug the battery cable before. Water that submerges the car sometimes is not completely dry. The remaining water can be dangerous for mechanical and especially electrical cars. Moreover, an old car that is often a lot of peeling cables.
- Also check the condition of oil and oil. Floods that touch the bottom of the engine and gearbox can make water enter into and mix with lubricant. Check the oil color, if the color changes to turbid or like milk, it means that there is water coming into it. Drain immediately and replace the oil or oil.
Facts About Driving When Flooding
Here are some facts about driving during a flood.
- Flooding with running water is far more dangerous than standing water.
- Water flowing very fast as high as 30 cm can sweep most types of sedans or hatchbacks.
- At a height of 60 cm, fast flowing water can sweep cars like SUVs or even pickup trucks.
- When approaching the depth of a puddle, always slow before entering. Even very shallow water depths can cause aquaplaning if entered quickly. The tire loses contact (grip) with the road, which results in loss of steering control.
- Diesel cars are more water-friendly than gasoline cars. Spark plugs and ignition systems on gasoline cars are more prone to flooding.
- Sudden flash floods or heavy floods are very dangerous. If we see a sudden and rapid heavy current, while the position of the car is stuck or stuck, it is better to immediately leave our car.
Thus the review this time. Flooding is common in various places in our country. Knowledge about driving during floods can improve our driving safety. In addition, we can also minimize the risk of damage or danger that arises.