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Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by AutoHubNG(m): 10:41am On Nov 03, 2023
Those of us who have to drive as our daily routine don’t always do so in pleasurable circumstances. There are roads that we have to commute across – which are a bit uncomfortable to drive through, such as flooded roads in this instance; and on that note, let us explore some of the “Dos and Don’ts” when driving (as safely as possible) through a flooded road.

Firstly, we’ll touch on some of the things that you should do:

1. Check for another way around

This might seem contrary to the title but is probably the best advice that can be given in such a scenario. If it’s possible to access your destination via an alternate route, the best option would be to choose said route – even if it takes longer, as driving through a flooded road portends danger for your car and you (in cases where the water level is powerful enough to push off your vehicle and keep you adrift).

2. Slow Down/Drive slowly

No driver needs to be told this, common sense should prevail, however, it has to be reiterated, still. It boggles the mind to see people driving hastily in wet driving conditions. Driving slowly through murky water not only benefits you and your vehicle but other road users as well. It behoves you to do the responsible thing.

3. Rev the engine

Revving the engine or “to raise am” as we normally say in our local parlance entails driving through a flooded road with a lower gear and not letting up on the RPM i.e keeping the engine roar steadily (doesn’t mean speeding through please). This ensures water doesn’t enter the engine through various outlets as the car spurts out air continuously thereby keeping water out which of course is a very good thing at that moment.

4. Try to assess where the water level is lower and drive there instead

Usually the advice is “Drive in the middle of the road” but we all know driving in Naija presents a whole different challenge altogether (just ask our “law makers”). You’re advised to use your head and check properly where the road is higher and drive over that path instead. There might be a notorious pothole in the middle of road, or a manhole cover(s) which isn’t present. Just observe and react accordingly.

Also, look out for how and where commercial vehicles are taking as they usually have a better understanding about how to navigate through our “challenging” roadways.

5. Be alert and sufficiently aware of other drivers

As the saying goes – “Shine ya eyes well well.”, you don’t need to be told to be alert when driving in such tricky conditions such as when it’s raining heavily and our “poor drainage system” kicks in. Unfortunately, not everyone will be as careful as you when driving so watch out, no distractions, forget whatever it is that’s going to engage you later on and focus deeply on the task at hand – which is ensuring that you come through safely.

As for the don’ts:

1. Don’t follow blindly/closely (tailgate)

When driving through a flooded road it is extremely important to give enough space from the vehicle in front of you. Half or a full car’s length is considered standard; the reason is so as to not get stuck if the vehicle in front of you suddenly breaks down. Some drivers’ misfortune just might be your saving grace unfortunately, as they might run into a ditch or some other unforeseen incident which should serve as a guide to you. So, always give enough room yourself in order to be to able to manoeuvre your way out.

2. Avoid braking hard and fast

Braking too fast and or hard when driving through a flooded road can cause you to lose control especially if the tyres lock up. It is advised you drive slowly (as earlier mentioned) and brake slowly as well. Never be in a hurry to drive through a flooded road for your own good.

3. Don’t try to restart your car if it goes off (If the water level is above your tyres)

Restarting your car if and when it goes off whilst in a flood can be detrimental to its engine as water might end up getting into it. It is strongly advised that you wait then tow it out instead.

After you come out of the flood

When you’ve successfully driven out of the flooded part of the road, you should press your brakes repeatedly to not only test it out, but to dry it off as well. You might also want to come to down and physically inspect your car and assess if there’s any damage.

Hopefully, you’ve found this useful. Have a safe drive out there.

https://autohub.ng/blog/driving-through-flooded-roads-the-dos-and-donts/

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Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by immortalcrown(m): 10:46am On Nov 03, 2023
How do you maintain the 3rd point when the vehicle has automatic transmission?
AutoHubNG:
3. Rev the engine

Revving the engine or “to raise am” as we normally say in our local parlance entails driving through a flooded road with a lower gear and not letting up on the RPM i.e keeping the engine roar steadily (doesn’t mean speeding through please). This ensures water doesn’t enter the engine through various outlets as the car spurts out air continuously thereby keeping water out which of course is a very good thing at that moment.

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Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by Shellsploit: 11:17am On Nov 03, 2023
... and i just reved my engine inside okearo matogun flooded road.

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Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by Angrigowt: 11:33am On Nov 03, 2023
Story. If your engine get issues..no just enter flood cos e go off.

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Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by AutoHubNG(m): 1:48pm On Nov 03, 2023
immortalcrown:
How do you maintain the 3rd point when the vehicle has automatic transmission?

It's better to do so with a manual transmission but in a an automatic, use a lower gear - 1/L or 2 & try to maintain the same speed whilst in the water.
Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by AutoHubNG(m): 1:48pm On Nov 03, 2023
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Shellsploit:
... and i just reved my engine inside okearo matogun flooded road.
Re: Driving Through Flooded Roads: The Dos And Don’ts by mokset123: 6:34am On Nov 04, 2023
Put off ur AC when going through an area where the flood water is high

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