Rainy Season, Remember This Is What to Do when Breaking Through a Flood - The rainy season again hit most areas in Indonesia. The presence of this season means the return of the usual problem that is flooded.

For some users of vehicles, especially cars, flooding can be a scary scourge on the road. Naturally because misjudging the surrounding conditions can be detrimental especially if desperate to break through puddles that are too deep. Some parts of the vehicle can be damaged and require repairs at a fairly expensive price.

Rainy Season, Remember This Is What to Do when Breaking Through a Flood
Rainy Season, Remember This Is What to Do when Breaking Through a Flood

For that, we try to remind again, what the driver of the car needs to do when it meets flooding on the road. This applies to vehicles with both manual and automatic transmissions.

The first step when dealing with a flooded road is to try to find alternative ways. This is the safest step when dealing with flooding because it is better not to try than to end up with damage. During the rainy season take advantage of the directional application that usually has an update of information about the route to be passed so that early on avoid waterlogged roads.

If finding another way cannot be done and must pass through the water to reach the destination, do an estimate of the height of the puddle. If the water is higher then the greater the risk of the car will be damaged. See if the water reaches a height of half a tire even though the car used has a high ground clearence. This is to maintain the position of the air filter from water entry because later it will damage the engine aka water hammer.

The next step if it feels safe to break through a puddle, walk with low teeth. If the manual transmission is installed in gear one or in the automatic transmission insert it on the low gear. This is done to keep water from getting into exhaust or exhaust drains that can damage the engine.

When it hits a flood, run the car slowly. This is to anticipate road conditions that are difficult to see due to waterlogged such as holes in roads or ditches. In addition, moving the car slowly also to avoid the creation of water waves that make the water height increase and harm other road users.

In the condition of crashing puddles, keep a distance with other vehicles. This is done to prevent the car from stopping in the middle of a puddle. This way of driving is often forgotten by the driver because he wants to immediately pass through puddles. If the car stops in the middle of a puddle, it can risk water getting into the exhaust.

If the vehicle stops in the middle of a puddle, don't panic. Immediately turn off the engine to avoid more severe damage and do not try to start the engine in the middle of a puddle. Get out of the vehicle and push it through a puddle. The victim was indeed a wet shirt but at least just in case to avoid damage to the car. Once the car is in a dry place, check the condition of the car and can try to restart the engine.

Successfully passing through puddles does not mean it is safe to continue driving. Check some parts of the car to make sure there is no damage. For example, check the condition of the brakes. Check by driving the car at low speed and step on the brake pedal several times to ensure the condition is excellent. It can also be by stepping on the brake pedal a little accompanied by a gas pedal at the same time about 20 seconds.

Puddles that touch the bottom of the engine and gearbox can make water go inside and mix with lubricant. For that check brake fluid, transmission and engine oil after passing through the flood. The trick is easy, if the color of the oil turns young or cloudy like milk, it means it has been exposed to water and is recommended to replace the liquid exposed to the water.

Also check the condition of the air filter. Make sure it is dry and do the cleaning. If wet do drying so that there are no more serious problems.

Vehicles that make it through the flood it's good to immediately check to the nearest workshop. This is to ensure there is no damage to important parts of the vehicle by trained mechanics and avoid severe damage later in life.


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