Automotive

Published on December 12th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Tips/advise for you to think about before driving in very heavy rain

It has been raining every evening in Klang Valley the past few weeks and we have seen many car get stuck in rising water and in water logged streets with drivers stuck in the vehicles waiting for the water to reside.

The best thing you can do is stay off the road, but if you do find yourself at a flooded road, the choice you make can change your life. Forget what kind of car you drive or how good a driver you are. Forget what other people are doing or that you’ve made it through before. No one can predict floodwater or what’s happened to the road underneath. If it’s flooded, forget it… while you still have a choice.

Here are some helpful tips that we feel might come in useful if you feel you still need to drive.

  • Plan your journey in advance, taking care to avoid areas which are prone to flooding, and factoring in extra time to allow for slower speeds and potential traffic congestion.
  • Let relatives and friends know your intended route and expected time of arrival and where possible, travel with others.
  • Check that your windscreen wiper blades are fully functional. If both front and back blades are not wiping the screen clean and clear, get them replaced.
  • Make sure you fill up with petrol/diesel. Using your lights and air-conditioning and being caught in traffic uses more fuel than driving in normal conditions.
  • Carry a mobile phone in case you encounter any difficulties during your journey and make sure you have at least 50% battery life.

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