Monsoon Driving Tips -
Protecting Your Car from Flood Damage
While Arizona tends to be a dry, arid place to live there are certain times of the year when protecting your vehicle from monsoon flood damage is very important. Driving through monsoon flood waters can lead to vehicle damage even if you do not get stuck, and in some cases water damage can cause your engine to hydrolock - causing the entire engine to be replaced.
At Goodworks Auto Repair we understand what a costly repair can do to a family budget and would like to offer a few helpful tips for driving through monsoon weather such as dust storms and flash flooding, and how you can protect your vehicle.
- SLOW DOWN. The posted speed limit may not always be the safest speed to drive during inclimate weather. Slower sppeds allow for more stopping time and safer distances.
- Be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehcile in front of you. Since the roads are wet, they tend to be slippery and your vehicle will have less traction.
- Watch carefully for water pooling on the side of the roadway and do your best to avoid it. Driving through large puddles can cause your vehicle to slide or hydroplane.
- It is importnat not to drive through areas where the roadway has been closed by barricades due to flooding. It is hard to know how deep the water is or how fast it is running. Besides being against the law, it is very dangerous for you and your vehicle to drive through flooded roadways.
- Keep your headlights on while you are driving. This makes it easier for you to see the other vehicles and for them to see you.
- Dust Storms are quite common during monsoon season. Try to avoid driving during the dust storms or pull off the side of the road if one hits unexpectidly.
- In the instance you are caught driving in a dust storm, be sure to drive with your headlights on and to slow down. If you need to stop driving, pull off the road entirely, try to avoid stopping in the emergency should area. Once off the roadway, turn off all of the vehicle lights and remove your foot from the brake so other drivers do not follow you.
- Make sure your vehicle is running properly and all of your head and tail lights are illuminating. It is also important to have your tires inflated to the proper air pressure for increased stability and traction control. Of course, be sure your windshield wipers are not worn and in need of replacement, and check to be sure your brakes are in good condition.
- If you suffer a mechanical breakdown or tire failure, remain calm, slow down your vehicle, keep the steering wheel straight, and drive the vehicle to a safe area as far away from traffic as possible.
- ALWAYS wear your safety restraints and be patient and courteous. Remember other motorists are facing the same weather conditions as you.