Lately, floods have occurred even on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. When it does flood, our cars may be submerged, worse still if you are inside the car. Worry not, continue reading for some tips on how to survive a flooded car.
Firstly, stay calm at all times. Visible here does not mean going to the roof of your car and waving your hands. Make your car visible by turning on the hazard lights and the headlights. This way, the emergency personnel can spot the lights from your car and eventually reach you.
Free yourself inside the car
Next, to survive a flooded car, release yourself from the seat belt and stop the vehicle as soon as water surrounds your car. It is wrong to believe the seat belt would keep you safe when the vehicle starts floating away. After all, you are in a big trouble when the car starts to float. Besides, remember to unlock all doors so that the rescue teams can easily save you.
Open a window
Before the situation gets worse and as long as the car is not yet underwater, lower your window. Then, climb out straight away, find high ground and contact the rescue department. What if you cannot lower the window? You would have to open the car door or break a window. That is why it is important to get yourself a glass breaker. Do note to also remove layers of clothing such as jacket to keep you from sinking if you have to swim.
Leave your possessions behind
Forget about your belongings inside the flooded car. You will not able to swim if you are carrying your bag for example. However, your mobile is essential for you to call for help, it is better to not lose it.
What If I Drive an EV?
The survival tips are generally the same, with a few extra caveats. This is because of the tiny issue known as the battery. Although EV car batteries are designed to be safe even fully submerged, it is advisable to not go near them. This is doubly true if the water is salt water.
Beware the Orange
As the battery and the chassis are kept separated, chances of getting electrocuted are low. That said, orange is usually the colour of electronics in EVs. Therefore, if you see anything coloured orange or with orange labels like wires, avoid them and evacuate immediately.
Even though a submerged EV does not electrify the water, bubbles appearing could spell disaster. These bubbles may contain toxic gases, so move away quickly if you see any!
In short, keep calm at all times. Reach for higher ground and get out of the car when the situation gets worse. Wait for the authorities to come save you. If you happen to be looking for a new ride, browse our used cars for an upgrade.