'He's gonna drown': car suddenly sinks with driver inside
Monday, December 31, 2018, 1:39 PM - A driver was lucky after driving his Land Rover into a flooded creek in North Carolina on Friday, December 28.
Viral video shows the SUV sinking into water next to Greenville Highway in Hendersonville. The driver plunged into a retention pond obscured by standing water and was forced to climb out the back hatch of the vehicle, according to The Weather Channel.
A winter storm moving through the area caused flooding across North Carolina and Georgia.
THINK YOU CAN DRIVE IN A FLOOD? THINK AGAIN.
- The first rule of driving in flooded waters is, DON'T. Find another route. That's the only sure way to avoid getting stranded.
- When approaching a flooded area, you can't be sure of the depth of the water or the condition of the road beneath it, which may be broken up or washed away. Worst case, there may be no road left under the water.
- Just 15 cm (6 inches) of standing water – sometimes less – can be enough to cause engine stalling. Your engine can suffer serious and expensive damage if it ingests water. And you'll be stranded.
- In approximately 30 cm (1 foot) of water, a typical car can begin to float and, as traction is lost, so is steering control.
- If the water is moving, your vehicle could literally float away. At 60 cm (two feet) of water, even larger vehicles such as pickup trucks and SUVs are in danger of floating away.
- NEVER try driving through fast-moving water, such as an overflowing river, as your vehicle could be swept away.
- As a rule of thumb, don't drive into water that's too deep to see the painted markings on the road.
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IF YOU CAN'T AVOID A FLOODED AREA AND HAVE TO DRIVE THROUGH IT
- When approaching a depth of standing water on a road, always slow down before entering it. Even a very shallow depth of water can cause aquaplaning if entered at speed.
- The tires effectively lose contact with the road, resulting in a loss of steering control. If there are other vehicles around, watch what happens to them as they drive through the water. Doing so will help you judge its depth and how it affects the vehicle as well as warn of any hidden hazards beneath the surface.
- Proceed into the water very slowly and maintain a steady pace so as not to lose momentum. If you go too quickly you risk losing steering control. If you go too slowly, you run the risk of getting stuck.
- Do not drive into water where downed power lines have fallen as electric current can be conducted by water.
- Be particularly cautious entering a flooded area at night as it is much more difficult to identify potential hazards.
- Be considerate of others. Driving through water at speeds above a slow crawl can create a splash that inhibits the visibility of other drivers and soaks pedestrians or people trying to direct traffic.
- Be on the lookout for debris or other items that may float into your path.
- Once you are through the flooded area, be aware that your brakes will be wet and will not function normally until they are dried out. Light brake applications will help them dry out and warm up more quickly.