Bosch shares key tips to better prepare for flash floods/being stranded



With the recent flash floods that consumed many parts of Malaysia, it’s crucial to know when and how to save your vehicle from any potential damage that could result in a hefty repair bill.

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia is sharing seven important tips for us vehicle owners to better prepare ours when faced with flash floods on the road or home.

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1. Check if your car has flood insurance

Do you know that most vehicle insurance providers offer flood insurance as an add-on? With the change in weather patterns recently, it’s the right time to tick that option upon renewing your insurance.

There is no specific coverage called ‘flood insurance’ as an add-on, with the majority of the insurance providers use an umbrella term called ‘Special Perils’.

Sample of ‘Special Perils’ coverage being added in

Apart from flood, the ‘Special Perils’ from a certain motor insurance provider also offered coverage of typhoon, hurricane, storm, tempest, volcanic eruption, earthquake, landslide, landslip, subsidence or sinking of the soil / earth or other convulsions of nature.

Check with your insurance provider or their website on details of your insurance coverage policy, as some companies also bundle special perils and other coverage as a package to further simplify things.  

2. Avoid driving or parking in low-lying areas

Low areas or certain basement parking lots can be prone to flooding during heavy downpours. Your car may become partly submerged and the flood can cause heavy damage to your car, especially to the engine, electrical systems, and interior.

3. Disconnect your vehicle’s battery

If it isn’t possible to move to a higher area, do not leave your vehicle in accessory mode with the electronics running when you are stuck in a flood. Turn off the engine, disconnect your vehicle’s battery and please seek assistance from a mechanic once the situation returns to normal to test if the battery is functioning optimally.

4. Don’t start the car immediately if submerged

Water would most likely have seeped into the engine, transmission, or fuel system of your car after being submerged. Don’t start the car as you’ll just compound the damage. Immediately seek for mechanic’s advice after the flood water has subsided or tow your car to your trusted mechanic and let the car professional take care of it.

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5. Avoid driving through tunnels

The risk of being caught in a flash flood is higher when driving into an underground tunnel as you are approaching lower ground that rain water is flowing to. In general, avoid driving through any flooded areas if possible.

6. Maintain a steady slow speed

Assess the situation or surroundings first if you need to drive through a flood. If the level is below half your vehicle’s tyre, make sure to wade through at slow speed by engaging low gear. This helps to create a small bow wave which will avoid the surrounding water to flood the engine bay or flow into the exhaust pipe.

7. Your safety is the utmost priority

If your car engine happened to stop and you are stranded in the car, turn off the engine, gather your belongings and leave your stalled car immediately. Lock the doors using the physical key (and lock barrel).

Do not try to start your car again as it will lead to more major damage. Proceed to higher ground and stay there until help arrive.

During this rainy season, ensure your tyres have sufficient tread for maximum grip on the road plus replace wipers that are not performing anymore.

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