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Typical car problems faced after driving through water

With all the floods and rain fall we've been having in recent weeks, drivers have been finding car problems after driving through water they should have avoided. If you're faced with deep water in the coming weeks, you should be careful as you go through and then check your car when its safe to stop.

Safety checks

After travelling through deep water your car's brakes will be affected so be careful as you drive on. Try to brake earlier than you normally would for the next few corners and see if the brakes react as you would expect them to. The water will soon evaporate as the brakes warm up, but you might have a hairy moment if you need to stop suddenly.

Engine flooded

The smallest amount of water in the air intake could be enough to stop your car in its tracks. If that happens to you and you find yourself on the side of the road calling the RAC or the AA, be aware that leaving your bonnet open to the elements could make your car harder to start when the road side assistance arrives as the electrics will become rain-soaked.

Driving in deep water

You can stop most of the usual car problems experienced after driving through water if you drive through slowly and carefully. Only drive through at a slow crawl-like pace. Aside from being considerate to other users, driving slowly could save you a three to nine point penalty on your licence if the police believe you were driving without due care and attention.

Turning back

The sort of car problems that occur after driving through water typically happen because the driver didn't take enough care and attention. Most journeys can be put off, so consider turning back and heading home rather than ending up with a big garage bill after driving through a flooded area.

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