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Driving in water

Wading means the car being driven through water, e.g. on a flooded road. Driving in water must be performed with great caution.

Observe the following to prevent damage to the car when driving through water:

  • The water level must not be higher than the floor of the car. If possible, check the depth at the deepest point before starting to drive through the water. Extra caution should be exercised when passing through flowing water.
  • Do not drive faster than walking pace.
  • Do not stop the car in the water. Drive forward carefully or reverse the car back out of the water.
  • Remember that waves created by oncoming traffic may rise above the level for the floor of the car.
  • Avoid driving through salt water (corrosion risk).

When the water has been passed, depress the brake pedal lightly and check that full brake function is achieved. Water and mud for example can make the brake linings wet resulting in delayed brake function.

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