Flash floods have been happening all over the country lately – every time you turn on the Weather Channel, you hear of another one. The most recent series of flash floods took place in Arizona, and left several drivers stranded in their cars as the waters rose. While flash floods aren’t typical here in Central Florida, we know that a lot of our Orlando Toyota customers take their new Toyota all over the country for both work and play! That’s why we’re compiling a list of tips on how to handle a flash flood if you ever encounter one, and how to keep you and your family safe!
What should you do when facing a flash flood in your Orlando Toyota?
Flash floods happen fast, usually after a heavy rainfall, and they can be incredibly dangerous. Did you know that about 26% of fatalities from this freak weather event occur when people are swept away in their cars? However, there are steps you can take to ensure you make it to safety should your new Toyota in Orlando ever be exposed to this type of incident. Let’s take a look!
The first thing to do to prepare your new Toyota in Orlando for flash floods is to pay attention! Flip on the weather channel on your radio, listen for bulletins, and watch for signs and barriers (and don’t ignore them!). If a heavy rainfall occurs, be aware of your surroundings. Is water gathering, and is it rising? Try to find an escape route and get to higher ground just in case a flash flood is headed your way.
The National Weather Service also advises that you should never try to navigate your new Toyota through standing water. You don’t know how deep it really is, and hidden obstacles can cause issues when you’re trying to inch your way through. Additionally, you may take on water in your engine and stall out (also causing damage to your new Toyota that will be quite costly to repair), and roads that are covered in water are more prone to collapsing. Plus, it only takes about 12 inches of moving water to sweep your car off the road – that’s not very much, and in a deluge of water, it could get to that level fast!
Let’s say the worst case scenario happens and you do get stuck in a flash flood. First, don’t panic. Try to stay calm and unbuckle your seatbelt so you can climb out of your new Toyota, and open the door – however, you only want to open it if the water level is BELOW the door. If it’s above, don’t open the door because your car will quickly fill with water. Roll down the window and climb out that way. If your power windows have stopped working, use a heavy object to break the glass and climb out. Once you’ve exited your car, head for higher ground immediately – don’t try to grab personal possessions!
Bring all of your questions to Toyota of Orlando!
Toyota of Orlando is here to help – why not come down and get all your questions answered by our knowledgeable sales specialists and service technicians? We’re located just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall, and we’re here seven days a week until 10pm!