Jan 29, 2018 @ 2:53 pm

How to drive through water logged roads?

Monsoon season happens to be the major cause of stress for every car owner. The potholes, poor visibility and flooding make driving hassle some through the poor waterlogged roads. Hence, it is a prerequisite to keeping few things in mind as you go out on a venture with the car during monsoon.

Follow these steps and rest assured that you will not be stuck in the middle of the road:

Drive at low gears

If you drive your vehicle slow at high gear, there are chances that water may enter the vehicle via exhaust pipe. It is recommended to drive at higher rpm in lower gear.

In case you are crossing water logged area, you should make sure to drive in 1st or 2nd gear to keep the rpm of engine high. The high rpm guarantees that exhaust gases will be coming out via exhaust pipe.

Be in the center lane

It is recommended to stay in Centre lane as you drive via waterlogged roads. This is because the level of water is higher on the left-hand side because the design of the roads is accomplished with a tilt to the left side for making ways for rainwater to drain.

The depth of water is at a level in Centre lane, and you will have an idea whether you can drive the vehicle through it.

Go for driving in the middle of the roads

The surfaces of roads are higher in the middle. They are sloped down on the sides to ensure that water is flowing at ease. The depth of water is higher on the sides and much less on the middle of the road.

The different sides of the main road possess utility holes, and their covers can get displaced during flood situations. Driving over these utility holes can be a hazardous situation.

Do not speed the vehicle

High water logging during monsoon hides any drainages or potholes present on the road. Hence, you should never accelerate the vehicle through water logged roads.

In case you drive at high-speed, you may get into some dangerous situation as the control over the vehicle is reduced with the raised speed.

Do not go after heavy vehicles

Many people follow trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles in the water logged streets for finding ways in the streets. Heavy vehicles are known to displace a huge amount of water which can raise the level of water immediately. Driving behind these vehicles may result in the entry of water into the vehicle.

Stop driving if you are not sure

There are times when it is impossible to predict the depth of water; It is highly recommended to wait during such times. If you are crossing a familiar place or a place with deep water, you should be waiting for the water to recede.

Say no to small obstructions

Many drivers apply the brakes nervously after hitting stones, small potholes. If you make use of brakes, there will be a breakage in the rpm, resulting in the gushing of water inside the exhaust pipe. If you have the feeling that there is small speed breaker, you should never apply the brake. You should limit it to 20 km/her in the lower gear and keep driving.

Avoid in case the level of water goes above the exhaust

Before you run the vehicle in waterlogged roads, get an idea about the depth of water. In case the level of water is above the exhaust, you should look out for another route. The exhaust will be submerging below the water completely and water may gush inside the engine, resulting in the breakdown of your vehicle.

Do not start the engine

In case the car stops suddenly in the middle of waterlogged roads, you should never try restarting the engine. This enables the entry of more water in the engine, resulting in severe damage.

You should not even give a thought to opening the bonnet as it will be making ways for the entry of water. The best thing to do in a similar situation is asking someone else to tow the car. Else, you can wait till the level of water goes down.