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Sink or Swim: 5 Expert Tips for When Your Car Gets Trapped in a Flood

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Are you worried about getting caught in a flash flood?

Here is a quick read on 5 tips to help you stay safe and get your car out of the water:

1. Stay Calm and Turn off Your Engine

Your first instinct may be to panic, but it’s important to stay calm. Turn off your engine immediately to prevent any further damage to your car’s electrical system.

2. Assess the Water Level

Before attempting to move your car, it’s important to assess the water level. If the water is higher than the bottom of your car doors, do not attempt to drive through it. The force of the water can quickly sweep your car away, putting your life in danger.

3. Call for Help

If you’re unable to move your car on your own, call for help. For Tune Protect customers, you can save the 24 Hour emergency assistance number on your phone- 1-800-22-8863.

Otherwise you can also contact your local authorities or emergency services for assistance. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

4. Be Prepared with Sandbags or Cat Litter

If you’re in a flood-prone area, it’s a good idea to keep sandbags or cat litter in your car. These items can be used to provide traction for your tires and help you get unstuck from the floodwater. Also, majorly important is to make sure your car insurance covers for flood damage. Do you know flood repairs could cost up to RM10,000! Get flood cover now with only 0.2 % sum insured from Tune Protect (also known as Special Perils covers).

5. Dry Out Your Car

After you’ve successfully removed your car from the floodwater, it’s important to dry it out as soon as possible. Any remaining moisture can cause electrical issues or lead to mold growth. Use towels to soak up as much water as possible and consider using a dehumidifier to remove any remaining moisture.

Remember, your safety is the top priority when dealing with a flooded car. If you’re unsure about what to do, it’s always best to seek professional help. Stay safe and stay dry!



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