Here in Las Vegas we frequently have severe summer rain at least once each summer. When these storms come in, the roads almost always flood in at least a few areas of town. You have probably witnessed cars that attempt to drive through the standing water. Sometimes they are able to safely navigate their way through but other times they end up getting stuck. So how do you prepare for flooded streets so that you will know what to do next time you come upon one?
Check Weather on My Route
The best thing that you can do is take some preventative measures. If you are getting ready to go on a road trip you will want to check the weather before you leave. If the weather report shows possible flooding on the roads that you will be traveling you may want to consider cancelling your trip or opting for a different route to your destination.
Heed Weather Warnings
Another excellent thing that you can do as a precaution is pay attention to flood warnings. If there is as flash flood warning in your area you may want to consider moving your cars to a safer area to avoid possible flood damage. Flood water can cause serious damage to your car that can be quite expensive to fix.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown
If it does start flooding you will want to make sure that you do not attempt to drive through the flooded water. Many times people mistakenly think that they can safely drive through flood water without causing any damage to their car. By the time that they realize they are wrong it is too late.
How Deep Water Can You Drive Through?
One mistake that people make is thinking that the water has to be extremely high to cause damage to their car. But it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars. Even six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your car. It would also cause your car to stall as water is sucked into the exhaust of your car or washes into the air intake of your car. Before you know it even a small amount of water can cause your car to get stuck in the flood water. If you make that mistake call Non Stop Towing right away. We will come out as quickly as we can to get your car out. If the water is not safe for our tow truck we will have to leave your car where it is and come back later. Other people assume that because they have an SUV or larger vehicle that they can safely drive through flood water that smaller cars cannot safely get through. Sometimes they even see a car already stalled out in the flood water and still choose to try driving through. Two feet of flowing water can sweep away most vehicles – even if they are larger vehicles.
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The best thing to remember is exercise caution whenever the roads are flooding. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to flooding. Just tell yourself that 80% of flood-related deaths occur inside a vehicle and that you do not want that to happen to you. Be careful during those flash floods! Remember if you do find yourself in need of help with your car before or after flooding, Nonstop Towing can help you.