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!