This week has brought record rain to the Delaware Valley. With over eight inches of rain flooding some parts of the Philadelphia area, what is it you should know about floods that can affect your vehicle?

We have all heard that only a half a foot of water can trap you in your vehicle during heavy rains. So why is it folks everywhere try to test mother nature in cases of heavy rain and flash flood conditions? Many overestimate their vehicles’ capabilities in adverse conditions. Others overestimate their own driving skills. Whatever the case, If you see a flooded roadway, it is best to turn around and find a different route. Generally, the waters of a flooded roadway are generally far deeper than what you expect. Not only are you putting yourself and you passengers in danger by driving through a flooded area, but your car stands to take on significant damage as well.

It is not difficult to tell if a car has been in a flood. Discolored upholstery, silt, mold, rust and electrical problems are all symptoms of a vehicle that has been through a flood. The conditions greatly lower the resale value of a vehicle let alone the aesthetics and operation. The bottom line? It is never a good idea to drive though a flooded roadway if it can be avoided.