It certainly felt like Christmas over the past few days with the continual downpour. The 3-day outlook by the National Environment Agency indicates that rain can be expected until Thursday, which is Chinese New Year day itself. Flooding has occurred in areas such as Tampines Ave 12, TPE and Ang Mo Kio Ave 5. It would be disastrous to have your vehicle damaged by floods during this period and below are some tips to observe and points to take note of.
Happy motoring and have a pleasant holiday season!
• Do not drive unless your journey is absolutely necessary.
• If you have to drive in a flooded area, take care. Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth.
• Drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating a bow wave, and allow on-coming traffic to pass first.
• Keep the engine revving by slipping the clutch otherwise water in the exhaust could stall the engine.
• Modern vehicles are fitted with catalytic converters in the exhaust system. The catalyst normally works at high temperatures and may crack if it is submerged in water. Replacement catalysts are expensive.
• The air intake on many modern cars is located low down at the front of the engine bay and it only takes a small quantity of water sucked into the engine to cause serious damage. All engines are affected but turbo-charged and diesel engines are most vulnerable.
• If your car stalls, immediately abandon it and climb to higher ground. Watch your footing. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can sweep a person off his or her feet.
• Test your brakes as soon as you can after driving through water.
• Don't drive through fast-moving water, such as at a flooded bridge approach – your car could be swept away
• If the vehicle has only been in a flood for a short period, drive with extreme caution and take the car to be checked at the earliest opportunity.