With Thunderstorms abound in most parts of South Africa this time of the year, flash floods can create chaos for drivers, causing traffic jams and turning gravel roads into slippery mud.
Even experienced drivers are reluctant to navigate flooded roads and low bridges, especially in unfamiliar areas. But with a vehicle like the Ford Ranger that offers a water wading depth of up to 850mm depending on derivative, going in at the deep end can be a breeze. But there are very important things to remember.
1. Check your surroundings and the depth of the water
This is the most important part of water wading. If you can, get out of your vehicle and inspect the area you are crossing. Ask yourself these four questions during the inspection to help yourself decide if you want to proceed. Can you tell the depth of the flood? Are there any obstacles in the way? Can you see a suitable exit point? Is there a water current?
If there are obstacles in your way or if you cannot see a suitable exit point, then don’t cross.
2. Slow and steady
This is not a race. Move through the water slowly to create a small bow wave in front of your vehicle. Your main objective is to maintain that bow wave, and not let the water go over the bonnet. If water begins to wash over the bonnet, you are going too fast.
3. Let the Ranger do the work
When wading, remember your speed and be gentle with the throttle. This also goes for exiting the flooded area, do not suddenly accelerate out. Let the Ranger’s capabilities pull you out of the water.
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