Being out on the road driving through or being stuck in the water clogged and flooded roads is every car owner’s nightmare. If the thought of being stuck deters you from driving, here is our list of 10 steps you should take if you are ever stuck in your car on a flooded road.
- Stay Calm – Panic is never the answer to tricky situations. You need patience and presence of mind when dealing with a car stuck in flood. So take deep breaths and assess the situation around you.
- Contact your family – Informing your family is important as they can help you out with a rescue plan or send some help. You can send your exact geographical location to them by using instant messengers.
- Lights on and doors unlocked – Switching on the head lights is a must. It not only lets you see outside if it’s dark but also lets safety personnel see you. Also make sure that your doors are unlocked especially if you have an automatic system.
- Seat belt off – It is a good practice to wear a seat belt when driving but when stuck in flood it is a bad idea. Unbuckle the seat belt as soon as you see water logging. It helps you get out of the car easier if the water level rises.
- Driving through – Keep your foot off of accelerator and maintain a steady speed when driving through. Follow the car ahead of you to avoid getting stuck in an open man hole or drain. Also maintain a good enough distance from the car ahead than normal.
- Depth matters – If you are unsure of the depth of the water ahead of you, do not attempt to drive. This could be troublesome for the engine. You can drive as long as you are able to see the tires of the car ahead of you.
- Do not start the engine – If your car stops in the flood, do not attempt to start the engine again. This could damage the engine beyond repair. At this stage it is best to let the engine be and look for alternatives.
- Check the water level – If the water level has reached up to the door, you must step out of the car for safety reasons. If you find the car doors blocked, use the headrest of the seats to break the windshield or the window glass. It is a very good alternative to a hammer.
- Road side Assistance – Once you are safe and it’s time to think of insurance, remember that most insurance companies have a tie-up with road side assistance vendors. They will help you tow your vehicle to the nearest service station. Call them up once you are on safe ground.
- Buzz the insurance company – Once you are out of the flood situation it is advised to call your insurance company and inform them of the damage. Chances are they have received a ton of claims to process. It is best to start early.
Now that you know the steps to a smooth ride on flooded roads, follow the guidelines and stay safe. Remember, desert the car if needed. You might be able to buy another car, but you have only 1 life!