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Prepare yourself for an event that is supposed to occur once every 50 years

By SYF77 on 17 Nov 2011

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About 2 years ago, PUB mentioned that a serious flood in Orchard Road that happened on 19 Nov 2009 occurs once every 50 years. 2 years on, it appeared that the assumption is not true and this yearís yearend downpour seemed heavier than ever before. Here in MycarForum, we concerned with the proper course of action in the event of a flood from a motoring perspective:

1. The most obvious piece of advice is to avoid flooded areas if at all possible. Change your route or donít leave home unless absolutely necessary.
2. Drive slowly and steadily creating only a small bow wave in front of you. Driving faster may drive water into your engine and do some serious damage.
3. Try and drive at the highest point of the road if you can do so safely. Often this will be the middle of the road as the waters can tend to be deeper along the kerbs.
4. Donít forget that in low levels of water your braking distance is greatly extended, so drive at a speed that you know you can stop safely in case you need to.
5. Test your brakes once you pass through the flood as soon as it is safe to do so, i.e. when there are no cars immediately behind you.
6. Donít drive through flood water if you are unsure of its depth. Cars can float in as little two feet of water. As a rule, if the water is above the bottom of your doors, consider turning around.
7. Drive in a low gear, keeping the revs high. Water in the exhaust can stall the engine.
8. Never drive through a flood if there are vehicles coming the other way since as the waves coming from their movement could flood your engine.
9. Finally, Have your mobile with you and ensure you have your emergency numbers to hand, such as your breakdown assistance number.

Take note of the above points and your beloved ride will thank you for that!

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Dwee Nov 17 2011 10:59 AM
Good pointers to take note.
Dwee Nov 17 2011 11:01 AM
Is a MUST know educational post for all drivers nowadays . . All drivers should read.
Eyke Nov 17 2011 12:56 PM
i used to despise SUV drivers, think they are fuel-wasting, view-blocking, aholes,
but now i see the need for real SUV's that have high air-intake and exhaust so
they can go through flash-flooded roads w/o drowning laugh.gif
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