Flood water can be dirty, smelly, and can harbour dangerous diseases and infections.
If your vehicle has been submerged in flood water, you’ll need to take some important steps to make sure it’s roadworthy before you think about driving it:
- Flood water can be contaminated and make you ill, so wear protective clothes if you are coming into contact with it, and wash thoroughly afterwards.
- If your car has been stood in deep water, don’t try to start the engine, as there may be water trapped in the cylinders, which can cause damage.
- It’s a simple fix for a mechanic, but don’t try to fix it yourself.
- Check the dipstick for any water in your oil. If you see any water droplets, you’ll need to get your oil and oil filter changed before you drive anywhere.
- If water got inside the passenger compartment, you need to clean and dry any wet upholstery. Again, it can pay to bring in a professional to thoroughly dry the interior so you don’t get problems with mildew later on.