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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:30 AM

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What to do in a flood when you're stuck in a car?

 

So we have been seeing more pondings of late and also cars that plunge into Singapore River or whatever river for no reasons. Came across this article which may be useful if you find yourself caught in this potential life and death situation. No harm reading anyway. 

 

One of the things I may choose to invest in is the glass breaker, since you can't possible break the glass using barehands or our mobile phones, not to mention you'd be panicking by then. But don't keep it in the boot!!!  [smash] 

 

Some of these tips may sound like common sense but you never know if you're ever caught in this, all common sense may be lost!

 

Article from: https://www.globalca...emergency-tips/

 

One of the scariest scenarios drivers and passengers can experience is being trapped inside a car when flood suddenly covers the streets. If you have no knowledge of how to handle this situation, your predicament would be so much worse. Should you stay inside until help arrives? Or, is it necessary for you to go out immediately and find help? Since there are a lot of possible solutions, some of which are completely wrong, we are here to guide you on what to do in a flood when you are inside a car.

 

Just a bit of advice before we proceed on what to do in a flood: never underestimate shallow waters. Based on a certain natural hazard guideline released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, six inches of water can already contribute to a steering failure, making it hard for you to control your car. Meanwhile, one foot of water can surprisingly make cars gradually float away. Lastly, two feet of water is enough to quickly sweep away vehicles – even big ones such as SUVs and pickup trucks.

 

See, as soon as the car is surrounded by water, you have all the right to be concerned but never panic. Do not wait for the flood to rise to a deadly level. You really have to remember the following guidelines on what to do in a flood if it is still rising around your car:

BE VISIBLE.

No, we do not mean going to the roof of your car and wave your hands up in the air. You can stop ridiculous ideas such as this one by staying calm. The first thing you have to do is to make your car visible by turning on the hazard lights and the headlights. If you can already spot emergency personnel, you are so lucky. These modern heroes will surely notice the lights from your car and help you immediately. Wait for them to reach you.

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DO NOT SECURE YOURSELF INSIDE.

Ironically, you have to be 100% free from any constraint inside the car. We are specifically referring to your seat belt. Do not believe the notion that the seat belt would keep you safe when the vehicle starts floating away. After all, once the car floats, you are already in big trouble. As soon as you see water surrounding your car, stop the vehicle and release yourself from the seat belt immediately. Also, unlock all doors. If there are authorities nearby, they can easily open your car door and save you.

REMOVE LAYERS OF CLOTHING.

If you are simply wearing two pieces of clothes, top and bottom, disregard this tip. However, if you are wearing a jacket and other types of layers, immediately remove them all. This initiative keeps you from sinking if you have to swim.

OPEN A WINDOW.

Now, let’s start thinking about worst-case scenarios. What if you are stranded in the middle of the flood without safety personnel around you? Before you even get to this point, it is always a good idea to stay indoors whenever it rains.

However, when push comes to shove, lower one window but not in an abrupt way. Just do it slowly. As long as the car is not yet underwater, electric windows usually work even in a flood. Once you successfully lower the window, climb out straight away.

GO TO PLAN B IF YOU CANNOT OPEN A WINDOW.

Worse, there is a possibility that you cannot open the windows anymore, especially if they are electronic ones. So, you have to resort to car doors. Forget about the passenger compartment getting wet. That is the least of your worries in emergency situations. If you are too weak to open the car door, break a window. Make sure to bring a glass breaker with you at all times. It is hard to forcefully shatter a window inside a compact space if you use other tools. Just a heads-up, these tips are only applicable if the water is still at low level.

Of course, you may suffer from wounds when you climb over a shattered glass window. However, your number one priority is to keep breathing. Wounds are nothing compared to drowning.

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Unfortunately, car doors are impossible to open when the water level is already too high. Why? Two words: water pressure. You cannot open a car door if there is massive pressure outside. A solution is to equalize the pressure between the inner and outer part of the car. To achieve this, there is nothing left for you to do but wait for water to fill your car. Hold your breath once submersion is complete and open the door at once. That is why we told you to unbuckle your seat belt, unlock the doors, and avoid waiting for water to rise up unless the car is already submerged. As you can see, not only do you have to take driving lessons. Knowing how to swim is essential.

Water pressure is also the reason why you cannot break a window during your car’s submersion. The explosion of shattered glass will severely hurt you.

LEAVE YOUR POSSESSIONS BEHIND.

Unless the water level is still low, forget about your belongings inside the car. You cannot swim properly if you are busy carrying your bag. If you can still walk on water, prioritize your phone so you can call for help anytime.

DO NOT SAVE YOUR CAR.

Just because you can still stand on water does not mean you can push your car towards a safe place. The main reason why we are advising you to get out of your car immediately is to find a high ground. Flood can still rise to an extreme level so better avoid that pronto. So what if your car is expensive? As a car owner, you should be totally updated about storm signals.

LET THE AUTHORITIES TOW YOUR CAR.

When the flood finally subsides, do not go back to your vehicle. You might use a lot of time starting or pushing your car until the water level rises again. Besides, emergency personnel always use proper means of taking cars to a safer place.

WHAT TO DO IN A FLOOD WHEN YOU’RE IN A CAR

In summary, the first solution is to keep calm. When you are calm, your mind easily remembers what to do in a flood when you are inside a vehicle. Your main goal is to get out of the car and go to a higher place if there are no authorities around. Never wait for the water level to rise up. In case you haven’t noticed from our guidelines, the solutions progress from the easiest ones to the worst-case scenarios. Do not let yourself be exposed to a more dangerous situation. Lastly, always catch up with weather updates and learn how to swim – just in case.

 

 


Edited by alfakidz85, 28 November 2017 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:38 PM

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S'pore flood the most 30 mins,also won't go over the height of the Car.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 09:10 PM

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What I notice is that, only posts that is write up from scratch by TS will have more viewership & likes.

 

For cut and paste articles/tips, anyone also can.

 

Singapore flood still manageable lah.

 

Give u +1 for the effort of cut and paste.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:54 PM

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thanks for sharing, although not likely to happen in SG...
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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:49 AM

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As long as the flood doesn't go to the exhaust pipe levels, it should be safe.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:44 AM

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Singapore is ponding not flood! Learn from MIW! Remember is ponding!

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:12 AM

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Oh and one advice. Know where the drains are. Sometimes I observed in my area the flood already reach the level of the pavement. So it's just one big pool of water. Cars can still move.

Problem is somewhere near the traffic junction is a filter Lane which is now invisible under the water. Some gung ho driver will still try to filter but end up driving into a drain.

The area I observe it happened is at the junction of gambas ave and woodlands Ave 12. The junction is at the the bottom of a slope and water collects there pretty fast in heavy rains.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 08:14 AM

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TS posted was useful but whoever drive his / her car into a flood need some brain cleansing ....   :slow:

 

Knowing there is a flood in front and still go through it  [hur]  

 

And those trying going through flood are ignorant of their vehicle specifications (undercarriage height clearance)  .....     :we-all-gonna-die:


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 01:50 PM

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TS posted was useful but whoever drive his / her car into a flood need some brain cleansing ....   :slow:

 

Knowing there is a flood in front and still go through it  [hur]  

 

And those trying going through flood are ignorant of their vehicle specifications (undercarriage height clearance)  .....     :we-all-gonna-die:

 

Msia lot .....  :D  


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 05:03 PM

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Very unlikely for such huge flood to happen in SG but here’s what you can do after the occurrence.

1. Do not attempt to start the car! It's tempting to turn the key and see if the car still works, but if there is water in the engine, attempting to start it could damage it beyond repair. If in doubt, it’s best to have the car towed to a mechanic.

2. Start drying the interior. If water got inside the car, mold will grow quickly. Start by opening the doors and windows and putting towels on the floor to soak up water, but you should plan on replacing anything that got wet, including carpets, floor mats, door panels, seat padding and upholstery.

3. Check all of the electrical systems. If the engine looks OK to start, check everything electrical: Headlights, turn signals, air conditioning, stereo, power locks, windows and seats, even the interior lights. If you note anything even slightly amiss, including the way the car runs or the transmission shifts, that could be a sign of electrical trouble.


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if come across heavy flooding roads, just stop and reverse slowly BEFORE you enter the flood. remember to check mirrors.

 

keep a close eye on traffic updates, SG is so small so traffic updates will cover flooded roads very quickly.

 

if the flooded road is shallow enough to cross, use low gear to cross at a slow speed, maintaining constant mid to high rpm (at least 4k rpm and above). do not stop the vehicle when crossing!

 

Don't be the first lab rat to attempt to cross flooded roads!! wait for heavy vehicles (lorries/buses) to cross first and gauge the height of the flood.


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