How to Drive Through a Flooded Area

Each of us who mainly drives for our daily routine and basis don't always drive in pleasure but there are roads that we have to pass which are a bit uncomfortable to drive through such as flooded roads. So in this article lets see the steps of how to drive safely through flood with your vehicle


  1. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 1
    Before approaching the flooded road with your vehicle, decrease your speed or stop completely.
  2. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 2
    As you are slowing down or stopping before the flooded road, turn on your hazard lights for indication and visualize the area of the flooded road and see if it is not very deep, depending of your vehicle type. Ensure your vehicle has sufficient weight so it would not float during the flood.
  3. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 3
    After checking all of the main aspects, now while the hazard lights are still on, turn off the air conditioning (AC) if possible in your vehicle so that the fan in the engine compartment would not be damaged by the flow of the flood water you are driving. And put the gear of your vehicle to the highest, for manual transmission put it to (1) and for automatic transmission put it to (+ -) and put it the (1) or first gear
  4. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 4
    Now all of those are applied, drive slowly through the flood while you can open a bit of your vehicle windows for air circulation if possible and drive carefully. Remember to keep the throttle/acceleration in balance and high and it is normal to growl the engine in flood so that flood water won't enter the engine through the exhaust pipe at the rear of your vehicle and while driving, also press and maintain with the clutch for M/T so that the engine would not shut down
  5. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 5
    Don't stop in the middle of the flooded road especially if the flood is deep otherwise water would damage the engine of your vehicle. And while driving, visualize the area around you especially the front and check the mirrors too.
  6. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 6
    As your vehicle is approaching to the high level of the road, the flood water decreases and you can speed up your vehicle carefully. It is recommended to check your vehicle after driving through the flood.
  7. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 7
    If your car shuts down after or during the flood, stay calm and ask for help. And contact the technician of your car and do not panic. If you are able to fix it yourself, check the carburetor and other engine compartments in your vehicle
  8. Image titled Drive Through a Flooded Area Step 8
    After all aspects are clearly maintained and done, drive as usually and safely


  • The best vehicle type for driving through flood is an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), Jeep, or truck with Manual Transmission and Diesel engine and high ground clearance, with this type of vehicle you could drive through flood easily. And the best equipment for flood driving is installing a Snorkel to your SUV or Jeep which enables the driver to drive through deep flood. These are the main points of driving through flooded roads:1). For City cars, Bikes, Hatchbacks and sedans Drive through flood which are adult knee depth flooded water length, above that flood depth, your city car/sedan would be damaged by the flood water. 2) For SUV and Jeeps without snorkel Drive through flood which are maximum thigh or waist adult length, if equipped with snorkel, the SUV or Jeep could probably go through in a controlled speed. 3) For trucks and bus Drive through flood as the same length like the SUV and Jeep criteria (see no. 2) maximum. 4). Special Vehicles Depends on the type of vehicle and ability It is allot safer to drive through flood with Manual transmission type car, but a diesel engine vehicle with automatic transmission could also drive through the flood.


  • AVOID Deep floods with Current like flash floods because it might sweep away your vehicle which could be fatally dangerous, Deep floods if you're driving a low ground clearance vehicle eg: sports car, etc, Stopping during driving through flood otherwise it might damage the engine of your vehicle, and Close distance with vehicle in front of you so you have to KEEP SAFE DISTANCE.

Article Info

Categories: Storms | Weather Safety