We have all likely driven through water deeper than six inches – whether this was in a storm, or flooding, or off-roading. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, just six inches of water can hinder steering, making it difficult for a driver to control his or her vehicle. At 12 inches, a car can already begin to steadily to float away. Finally, any water above 24 inches leads to water seeping into a vehicle, particularly smaller sedans, and lower cars. Driving through storms that involve heavy rainfall and flooding is becoming increasingly common due to extreme weather conditions and increased travel. Despite warnings, few people are prepared for vehicular flooding.
There are several steps to take to ensure safety before flooding occurs. First, unless the flooding occurs unexpectedly, there should be warnings on the radio or news about it. Stations such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS), or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Weather Radio, or local warning systems can keep you informed of flooding in your area. Take heed of these warnings: do not travel through flooded areas or drive around barricades. Next, do not underestimate the power and danger of flooding, no matter how shallow the flooding is. Remember – just six inches of flooding can make steering more difficult and can lead to losing control of the vehicle. Turn around if you can and seek higher ground if you are able to. Stay away from bridges or other areas near fast-moving water. Vehicles can be easily washed away by unexpected, rapidly moving floodwaters off bridges.
At Safety Restore, we understand that extreme weather and storms can happen unexpectedly. Though it is hard to stay safe, you can avoid danger by following the steps outlined above. Moreover, ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If your airbag has deployed or your airbag light is on, you may need to have your airbag module reset. After an impact, even a minor one, airbag modules may become useless, requiring airbag module resets. In this process, the airbag computer reset is completed by using an OEM factory-installed program. Airbag SRS module reset is a great alternative to airbag module replacement, which can cost upwards of $1,000.00. At Safety Restore, we offer a 24-hour turnaround period, so your module will be on its way back to you as quickly as possible. Do not risk waiting for an emergency situation, such as flooding – contact Safety Restore about airbag module reset today.