Driving in any extreme weather can be dangerous, and in the Midwest you have to be prepared for anything from extreme heat to blizzards. Recently rain has been a major issue on roadways, and while we don’t recommended that you drive through standing water, sometimes there is no other option. If there is no other alternative to driving through high water, use the following tips to safely drive through flooded areas:
- Estimate the depth of the water based on other vehicles around you.
- Drive slowly and steadily through the water.
- Avoid driving in water that has fallen electrical or power lines close by.
- Watch for items traveling downstream.
- If you’ve driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, remember to test your brakes on a clear patch at a low speed.
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