Flash floods are no strangers to Malaysians as many of us had been victims of flash floods over the years. In the situation where your car is trapped in a flash flood, these are some of the things that you will need to do.
1) Don’t Start Your Car's Engine
As much as you want to start your car's engine hoping that you can still drive away from the situation, don’t do it! It will lead to engine as well as electrical system damage if you start your engine.
2) Find Out The Level Of Water In Which Your Car Is Stuck In
If your car is parked in a parking lot, it’s best to check the level of water to see if it is at a safe level. If the water is still at the lower door sill, you may quickly drive your car away from the situation before it gets worsen.
3) Don’t Try To Save Your Car
If there is a flash flood and you are stuck on the road with heavy traffic, it’s best to escape if the situation gets bad. It is absolutely a bad idea to think that you should stay in your car to prevent others from raiding the car. Your life is more important!
4) Be Patient And Stay Calm
It is not easy to go through something unexpected and beyond your control. It is important to stay calm and be patient - stay safe!
5) Get Out Through The Window Instead Of The Door
The easier way to get out of the sinking car or a car deep in water is through the window. If the waters are beginning to submerge your car, unlock the doors and open the windows right away. You should have a few minutes before the electrical components stop working.
6) Don't Panic If You Are Stuck In Your Car Underwater
There are situations where cars were swept and plunged into the water and you are stuck in there. If that ever happens, remember to just stay in the car until the car is filled with water. Don’t panic, as once the car is full with water, the doors will be able to open. Once the doors open, you will be able to swim out to the surface.