A video of a driver shows how he drives his vehicle through one of the flood areas. At first he still underestimates the danger – but seconds later he realizes how dangerous it is.
So-called dashcam videos, i.e. films of your own car journey, are usually quite boring and are often only created to better answer the question of guilt in the event of a potential accident. The video of the Twitter user ‘Erdkadse’ has it all.
The camera is located in the middle behind the windshield and shows a man driving for about a minute and a half across a completely flooded street in one of the flood areas in Germany and quickly getting into danger.
Flooding leads to the driver losing control
When the driver approaches another vehicle, he initially gossips and curses and is amused that the car in front of him is now starting to swim. Only seconds later he was caught at this point: his car was also losing contact with the ground, and the inside of the car was full of dirty water. Objects on the floor and from the storage compartments now float through the footwell.
The recording shows how quickly impatience and arrogance can turn into a serious situation: The recording ends with the question of who will pay for the damage caused. Our verification team was able to confirm the authenticity of the video.
Driving should be avoided
The ADAC has summarized on its website how dangerous it is to drive a car during even a slight flood – in storms like the current one, if possible, you should avoid driving completely anyway – and which safety measures are sensible, the ADAC has summarized on its website: Depressions and underpasses ensure that water can collect. Drivers shouldn’t drive through the water with momentum, but carefully at walking pace. If the depth of the water cannot be assessed, it is better to wait or take a detour. The reason: If splash water gets into the intake area of the engine, there is a risk of engine damage.
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There is a risk of aquaplaning on wet roads, especially at high speeds. Because the tires can no longer displace enough water, the car floats and loses contact with the road. The ADAC therefore advises driving particularly carefully on wet roads, reducing speed and avoiding abrupt driving maneuvers. Sufficient tread depth is also important – the ADAC recommends at least 4mm.