With flooding season comes the yearly reminder of how to navigate the road during storms and the potential of floodwaters affecting your routes. Some drivers may not see the danger if they come across a road that looks only partially flooded, but it’s important to be reminded of the dangers. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t drive through flooded roads:

  • It’s hard to see what’s under the water. Most flood water is going to be dirty and hard to see through, so you won’t be able to gauge where the road is or its condition. Even if the water level is low on the road, hydroplaning and ending up in a ditch could get you stuck in much deeper water that you can’t get out of.
  • It only takes a couple of inches of water on the road to risk hydroplaning. If you lose control of the car, you can risk getting stuck or hitting another vehicle. In these instances, you want to avoid being stranded on a flooded road at all costs.
  • Additionally, without seeing the road, you can’t tell how deep the water actually goes. Drivers will make the mistake of driving through a flooded road that they think is shallow and find out quickly that it’s not. If water gets into the engine, then your car will stall and leave you stranded.
  • If the water is moving, your vehicle could be at risk of being swept away. Even a foot of water can cause a car to float, and a strong current will move it as well. In some cases, moving water could also signal quickly rising flood levels, putting the driver and occupants at risk of being trapped in the car while it fills with water.
  • Flood water getting into the engine compartment can contaminate important fluids running through the system like the engine oil, transmission oil, and coolant. If so, those will all have to be flushed and replaced to make sure the corrosive flood waters don’t hurt the parts.
  • Flood waters are dangerous because of all the contaminants and overall bad quality. People and animals should avoid touching it at all costs, and if it gets into your car, you can risk mold growth. Plus, it will most likely smell horrible after.

Overall, it’s always best to turn around and find an alternate route if you come across a watery road. If you’re in need of auto body repair, Superior Collision Center has a location in Eagan, MN and serves the Southern Twin Cities metro.