Here’s how to protect cars, your most loved possessions

Andreas Klippe Comments January 5, 2018

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Tips on keeping your car safe from flood damage

For people living in the typhoon belt, keeping dry is a challenge. Climate change have created more rains than before therefore more floodings. More homes and properties are more vulnerable to flood damage. Even cars are not spared.

The car is the most vulnerable of your home property because it is used almost daily. How we keep it from flood damage? Here are some tips.

Your car is the single most heavily invested utility you have. You use it to go to work, go out, socialize and transporting to everywhere you need to go. You spend money on its maintenance, cleanliness and registration. But what if a flood hits your car. It’s now a heap of junk. Electronics are shorted out.

A garage is the first step in protecting your car. Better if it is enclosed. Not only will protect it from the elements but would prevent the floodwater from getting in especially if it is surrounded by flood control barriers just as the other properties.

But if flood waters keep rising, it’s best to move to a higher place like a hill or high story buildings. There are now buildings that has elevators that can lift cars directly to the condo unit.

Sealing your car is another way to prevent flood damage. Rolling up the windows and locking the doors can prevent water from coming in. A better idea is to flood wrap the car with a huge plastic sack with zippers to prevent water damage.

It there is other choice but to drive your car thru the flood avoid speeding it. It will aquaplane the tires thus lose control with the steering.

Revving up the engine will prevent the water entering the exhaust system if possible try going at 8-10 kph to produce a wave clearing the rear exhaust from the floodwaters.

And make sure to check the depth of the puddle. Aim for the shallowest part. Just to be safe don’t use it during heavy flooding.

If forced to evacuate, use public transport or government provided evacuation vehicles to leave the disaster area. You can always return to your home after the crises have ended, better to be safe and rebuild than sorry afterwards.

Using common sense would be the best way to find the perfect solution in protecting your car from flood damage. Based on the previous experiences of past floods you can plan ahead to safeguard your car.

Do you have any suggestions on how to protect your car? Post your comments here.

Andreas Klippe

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Andreas Klippe is founder of the Asian Center for Flood Control located in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines.

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