Tips for Driving through Flood

Tips for Driving through Flood


With rain pouring heavily in Malaysia, road user should always be prepared for flash flood.

Hence, is sharing a couple of tips when driving through flood.

Always keep in mind, never attempt to drive through a flood that you couldn’t walk through and be aware that water hides dips in the road.

Just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake. This could cost serious damage to the car.


  1. Check the depth of the water. In normal vehicles you should never attempt to drive through water that is higher than centre of your wheels.
  2. If negotiating a flooded section of road, drive in the middle where the water will be at its shallowest.
  3. Be considerate and patient – pass through flooded sections one car at a time, don’t drive through water against approaching vehicles.
  4. Using first or second gear (L or 1 in an automatic) drive slowly to avoid creating a large ‘bow wave’,  keep the exhaust and intake clear.
  5. Do not try to restart an stalled engine that has sucked in water, bring it to a mechanic and tell them the issue
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In case of any break down, do search to find the nearest towing services and workshops.


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