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Can You Safely Drive Through Flooded Streets?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Try to avoid driving down a flooded street in Hurricane, UT

Flooded roads are dangerous and water can cause most automotive systems to malfunction. If you must travel down a flooded street in Hurricane, UT, keep these travel tips in mind.

Avoid Standing Water

Roads covered in water are unsafe for many reasons:

  • As little as one foot of moving water can sweep a vehicle off a road
  • Water-covered roads may collapse
  • Wet brakes may not function
  • The engine in a vehicle may stall
  • Restarting an engine in water can result in irreparable damage

Never drive through water if a dry route is available or you can wait out a storm.

Exercise Caution in Water

If you must drive on a flooded street, try to estimate depth. Factor in the height and clearance of other vehicles successfully navigating through the water. Just because a truck or sport utility vehicle can cross does not mean that a sedan will have the same capability. Drive through water slowly and steadily, keeping an eye out for downed power lines or heavy items traveling downstream.

Once you get out of the water, test the brakes of your vehicle on a clear stretch of road at low speed. If they are not responsive, try to dry them by maintaining speed with your right foot on the gas pedal as you lightly press the brake pedal with your left foot. Do not make phone calls and avoid becoming distracted while driving on flooded roads.

Get To Higher Ground

Seek higher ground as soon as possible. If you become trapped in a low-lying area with rising water, abandon the vehicle. If you cannot exit the vehicle, call 911 or try to get the attention of someone who can call for help.

Try to avoid driving down a flooded street in Hurricane, UT. If your residence sustains storm or water damage, rely on a residential mitigation and restoration company.

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