The rainy season comes, the danger of floods lurks. As road users, we must know the right tricks to get through floods. The rainy season which always comes at the end of the year always brings a feeling of anxiety to all groups, including road users. The high water discharge for days was prone to causing the roads to become flooded, and even a few of them became flooded. Moreover, if you add a clogged water channel, then going through the flood is just a matter of time.
It becomes more complex if the main access road we are traveling on is flooded. So that we inevitably have to pass through the flooded area. There is no need to panic, because the area of the road that is inundated can still be passed, as long as we know the trick. So, Carro wants to share tips and tricks on passing stagnant water safely.
Do not carelessly pass through puddles.
We recommend that you wait for a car or other vehicle to cross the puddle. Apart from being useful for knowing the condition of the road surface which is covered with water, passing vehicles are also useful for breaking water puddles to reduce their volume.
Compare the water level when a vehicle passes.
The benchmark can be seen from how deep the tire sinks in a puddle. If the water level is not more than ¼ tire, this puddle can still be passed.
Avoid when the water level reaches your car bumper.
A bumper-level puddle has the risk of being sucked in by the air filter box or exhaust. This water will go straight to the combustion chamber and cause engine damage.
When going through a flood, use a low RPM but don’t stop.
The low engine speed should always be constant when passing a sufficiently high puddle (almost touching the bumper). The goal is that water is not sucked through the exhaust. Don’t reduce the gas until it is completely flooded.
Do not be next to a car that is passing through a flood.
The water waves due to passing vehicles will be higher than the actual height of the puddle. We recommend that you position your vehicle behind a passing car and keep a safe distance.
Dry the brakes after driving through a high puddle or flood.
You do this by stepping on the gas pedal and brake together for 20 seconds until the braking power returns to normal. If it’s not normal, then do the same thing until the brake power is normal.