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Safety and Damage Risks with Potential Upcoming Floods

Published 26th September 2023Read Time 2 min

Storm Agnes is projected to make landfall Wednesday morning, bringing with it heavy rains and potential flooding. Orange and Yellow weather warnings have been issued. We urge everyone to stay safe and cautious during this time.

Remember, the weather can pose several dangers to motorists. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your safety and the longevity of your vehicle:

๐Ÿš— ๐—”๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Where excess surface water gets in between the car tyres and the road surface. This prevent the tyres gripping the road and can cause you to lose control of the car.

๐Ÿš— ๐—›๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ can cause the car to pull dangerously to one side.

๐Ÿš— ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: It can be difficult to see whatโ€™s beneath the surface of puddles, increasing the risk of damaging the wheels and suspension from hitting pot holes.

Storm Agnes can also cause severe damage to your car, such as:

๐Ÿ’ง ๐——๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€: Water and wiring do not mix. Driving through flooding increases the risk of water reaching wiring, which can cause damage to things like lights, the sound system and windshield wipers.

๐Ÿ’ง ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€: Corrosion of brake discs is a potential problem, especially in EVs that frequently use Regen Braking. Sand and dirt can be carried by water into the brake discs and pads causing uneven wear and damage to the parts.

๐Ÿ’ง ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€: Water getting into the car can stain and damage the materials. This can cause a bad smell that could be difficult to get rid of.

๐Ÿ’ง ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Driving through standing water can present big problems. If the level is too high for your particular car then you risk damaging your engine beyond repair. If you drive in heavy water, the air intake may suck in water instead of the air it needs to combust in the cylinders.

The AA’s Blake Boland gave on statement on the upcoming Storm; “๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ˆ ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ.”

Stay safe, stay dry, and if possible, stay off the roads during Storm Agnes.

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