Rain, Rain when will it stop?
We’ve all seen the devastation the recent heavy rainfall has caused. When it comes to travel, driving in these conditions can be more challenging with an increase in incidents of road traffic accidents.
We often fail to forget that our cars have limitations in what they can do, be that driving through water to stopping on wet roads.
In these weather challenging days it’s worth taking note of the risks heavy rainfall can present.
Did you know that the average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to potholes and even collapse?
Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine.
Take extra precautions if you’re forced to drive through water.
If no alternate route exists and you have no other reasonable alternative but to drive through standing water.
Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in — electric current passes through water easily.
Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, fallen cables or wires, open shore covers and fallen or falling objects
If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
Stay off the telephone unless you must report severe injuries or a serious car accident.
If your vehicle stalls in the deep water, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
If you can’t restart your vehicle and you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon it for higher ground. Try to open the door or roll down the window to get out of the vehicle. If you are unable to get out safely, call emergency services or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.
Finally have consideration for pedestrians when you drive through water, failure to do so can result in accidents or a prosecution under the road traffic acts for driving without due consideration/careless driving with consequential endorsement on your driving license.
We wish you Safe & dry driving in 2016