Every car owner gets stressed when it’s monsoon because of flooding, poor visibility, potholes and so much more. Everyone doesn’t own an SUV that can steadily drive past a waterlogged road, and that’s why it’s important for you to keep a few things in mind when you go out on a venture with your car during monsoon so that you don’t end up getting stuck in the middle of a road.
Stay in the Centre lane:
Always try to stay in the Centre lane while driving through a waterlogged road because the water level is higher on the left side as the roads are designed with a tilt to the left side to make Rainwater’s way to the drainage. Water depth is at level in the Centre lane and will help you judge better if your vehicle can drive through it.
Never speed your vehicle through a waterlogged road since water logging hides out any potholes or drainages on the road. If you speed your vehicle, you might end up getting yourself in some dangerous situation because your control over the vehicle decreases with your increasing speed.
Keep the throttle pressed:
If you are driving through a waterlogged road then keep the throttle pressed at all times to keep the water out of the engine, which could enter through the exhaust pipe and make your car sick. Also, change the gears with the throttle pressed and maintain a consistent speed, either in first or second gear.
Avoid if the water level goes beyond the exhaust:
Before you drive through the waterlogged road, judge the depth of water and if the water level is above the exhaust, then you need to look for an alternate route. Reason being that your exhaust will be completely submerged under the water, and may let the water inside the engine. Moreover, sometimes insurance companies also reject your claim of driving through a waterlogged road.
Don’t start your car:
If your vehicle stops in the middle of a waterlogged road then do not try to restart the engine, because it will allow more water to enter the engine and damage it. Also, don’t ever try to open the bonnet `cause it’ll make way for the water to get in. The best thing that you can do in such a situation is to ask someone to tow your car or wait for the water level to go down.
Make way for others:
This may seem a little weird, but make way for other cars because if you follow another car then you have a better chance to save yourself from any mishap and also let the vehicles in opposite direction to pass by and then move forward.
Take an Alternate Route:
It’s better to drive via routes that are less likely to be flooded, even if they are busy because in this way you’ll save a lot of money that might be spent in getting your car repaired later. You can also use public transport to save your car in monsoon.