Flooded Roadway Driving Tips

 

flooded roads in michigan

With a few days of heavy rain, mid-Michigan drivers are having to experience flooded roads.  Here are a few tips to keep safe when navigating the water filled roads.  Also, attempting to drive through water may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine.

NEVER attempt to drive on a flooded roadway. The average automobile will float in 2 feet of water. The fact is you have no way of knowing how deep a flood covers the roadway.

Be especially alert at night. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Four wheel drive vehicles are NOT immune to flood waters.

Take extra precautions if you’re forced to drive through water. 

  • Drive slowly and steadily through the water.
  • Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in — electric current passes through water easily.
  • If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.