In the month of January residents of Dubai and the UAE experienced flooding. This comes with its disadvantages, even though we love the rain. When it rains heavily in the UAE, all of a sudden it seems all hells’ let loose and then you have roads turn into rivers. Although no one like this, however, it is something one might have to deal with once in a while. It does make driving almost impossible, but sometimes you don’t have a choice but to drive. So how do you go about this? In this article, we’ll be sharing how you can drive safely in a flooded place.
Look for alternate routes
This is actually very true. And it’s the first step if you encounter a flooded road. You should only drive in a flood as a last resort. Deepwater could lead to accidents, sometimes it might get so much that you have to abandon your car or stay on the roof until help comes. It’s really advisable that you find an alternate route if possible. Another reason for this again is that most modern cars don’t do well in floods. In other extreme weather conditions though, they are champions. Water could get into your engine or other areas of your car and ruin something. Or you could just have the car stopping in the middle of the water, and then you’d have no choice but to step out.
Gauge the level of water
As a rule of thumb, don’t drive through more than six inches of water. Of course, no one is saying you should step out of your car to measure the water. However, once the water is above your wheels, it’s time to look for another solution. Because at this point your car electrical parts and engine become susceptible to water getting into it.
After you’ve decided to enter into the water you have to do that cautiously, that is if the water is shallow enough. Stay on the crown of the road if possible, that is close to the middle line and drive slowly. Driving fast although will get you out of the water faster; it may, however, create splashes and waves which could cause water to get into the nether parts of your car.
Don’t forget, you could also aquaplane if you drive too fast, you might not also stop in time, which could lead to accidents. Ideally, you should enter the water at about 3kph, and then accelerate to somewhere around 6kmp this will create a bow wave in front of your vehicle, trapping some air there and could prevent water from getting into your engine. Of course, this would depend on the size of the water and size of your vehicle too.
The quality of your tyres is also important in these conditions. Tyres with worn tread will definitely increase your stopping distance, and you don’t want that. So what do you do? You visit Dubai tyre shop Ras al Khor so as to get good tyres. You can also get Cooper tires Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and environs.