Cars Don't Walk On Water
Once again the weather is making the headlines as we begin the transition out of the rainy season. When we get a lot of rain in a short period of time, and that rain continues for days on end, certain areas of Naples tend to flood. Here are a few tips to keep your car safely on the road.
It’s best not to drive through standing water, but we’ve all done it. You see standing water in a parking lot or on a street. The problem is you don’t know how deep the water really is. The best solution is to simply take another route. It doesn’t take much for water to stall your engine, and should that happen and you try to restart your car, you could cause irreparable damage.
If you absolutely have to drive through a flooded street, try to get an idea of how deep the water is. The easiest way to do that is by watching other cars drive through and seeing where the water level is against the car. If you think you can safely get your car through the water, drive very slowly and just as important, steadily. This helps keep water from rushing up and into the engine area.
If you see a downed power line in the water, don’t drive through the water. I know this sounds obvious, but remember that water easily conducts electricity.
When you’re driving slowly through the water and the level is at your wheel’s rims or bumper, you need to test your brakes once you are past the flooded area. The risk you take by driving through water that reaches your bumper is that water can be sucked up through the air induction system. That causes engine lock-up and that means replacement. You can test your brakes easily at a low speed. If they’re not stopping your vehicle properly, you can press gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while keeping a slow, steady speed on the accelerator with your right foot. That will help dry the brakes. Also, pumping the brakes while stopped will help squeeze out the water so they work efficiently again.
If you have to drive through standing water, keep these tips in mind to help ensure your car gets through safely.
Johnny Nocera has been on the radio airwaves in Southwest Florida with “Dr. Johnny’s Car Clinic” WGUF New Radio 98.9 FM every Saturday morning from 9-10 for over 27 years. He also owns, along with his sons Jr. and Jimmy, Supreme Auto and Collision located in downtown Naples, and has been in business for more than 38 years.