Don’t try to drive on a flooded road; it can endanger your life. Even if you own a vehicle that is relatively higher than a regular SUV, it isn’t recommended that you try to cross a road clearly not open for crossing. A driver in South Carolina, however, tried to cross a clearly flooded underpass with their red pickup truck. To no one’s surprise, it didn’t work out. The Huffington Post has more details:
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The unnamed bystander who recorded the footage told video licensor ViralHog that the driver escaped the sinking vehicle via the back window.
Weather officials use the phrase “turn around, don’t drown” for drivers approaching flooded roads as water levels can be deceptive ― and in some cases, vehicles can sink or get swept away.
The National Weather Service says more than half of all flood-related deaths take place in vehicles. The agency said as little as six inches of water could cause loss of control. Cars can float in just one foot of water, while two feet can carry off even many SUVs.
In addition, water damage can total a vehicle by ruining its electrical systems and flooding the engine.
Even if repaired, these vehicles can have problems with mildew, mold and rust, among other issues.
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