Posts tagged “iowa city

Nissan LEAF named one of Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 “5 Best Electric Cars Under $40,000”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Nissan LEAF has been named one of the “5 Best Electric Cars Under $40,000” by the editors of Kelley Blue Book. “Keep in mind all of these vehicles are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit – in addition to potential state and local incentives – bringing the net price for each of them to below $30,000,” states the introduction to the special EV section.

In selecting the Nissan LEAF, the Kelley Blue Book evaluation team wrote: “Dating all the way back to the dawn of this decade, the groundbreaking and ever-evolving LEAF has received several upgrades and enhancements over the years.”

The editors also credit LEAF for bringing affordable electric vehicles to a wide consumer audience, writing:When the Nissan LEAF debuted in 2011, it brought electric vehicles to the masses. Easy to drive, whisper-quiet, respectable cargo capacity thanks to its hatchback design and refueling that’s as easy as plugging in a power cord, the LEAF has moved nearly a quarter-million units worldwide, making it the best-selling EV yet.”

“The Nissan LEAF continues to show its strength as the most popular electric vehicle in the world – with sales exceeding 100,000 in the United States alone,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Nissan is also played a leading role in growing the number of DC fast-charging stations in the U.S., with more than 2,100 CHAdeMO connections to date, which helps all EV drivers regardless of make or model.”

Nissan and EVgo recently revealed a plan to connect Boston and Washington D.C. via nine electric-vehicle DC fast-charge sites. The plan will deliver a robust charging infrastructure along I-95, providing EV owners peace of mind when driving along the route. The Northeast charging route is slated to be on-line this fall. The charging sites have been designed with future advances in EV technologies in mind, and have been pre-wired for a high-power charging power output of up to 150kW with simple upgrades once such technology is available to consumers.

Along with the 100-mile plus range, the 2017 LEAF features a standard 30 kWh battery that can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes. Charging on a home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger. All 2017 LEAF models include multiple drive modes: Normal, Eco and B-Mode, which engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating.

LEAF’s lithium-ion battery pack carries warranty coverage of eight years or 100,000 miles against defects, plus the industry-leading coverage for 8 years/100,000 miles (30 kWh) against excessive capacity loss. LEAF is assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production.

You can click here to see Carousel Nissan’s current Leaf inventory. Also, check out Nissan’s current Alliant Energy Promotion, which could save you up to $17,500 off the purchase of a new Leaf!

 

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-leaf-named-one-of-kelley-blue-book-s-2017-5-best-electric-cars-under-40


Nissan Armada named one of Autotrader’s “2017 Must Test Drive Award” winners

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan today announced the all-new 2017 Armada full-size SUV has been selected as one of Autotrader’s “2017 Must Test Drive Award” winners. Chosen by a panel of Autotrader editorial staff, the consumer-focused award program is “designed to highlight the top 12 vehicles car shoppers must see and experience to believe… ones that can change the way a consumer perceives the model – or even the entire brand.”

In choosing Armada from a field of more than 300 current or next model-year models, the Autotrader staff wrote: “The redesigned Armada surprised Autotrader editors by just how well it drives and how nimbly it handles for being such a large vehicle, and combined with its high-quality interior materials, features and off-road abilities, the Armada ‘squarely competes with the best’ in the class.”

The all-new 2017 Armada is built on the heritage of the Nissan Patrol, which has been a workhorse for the world for many decades. While it is intended primarily for family adventures here in North America, Armada remains true to its roots as a strong, durable and authentic full-size, 8-passenger SUV.

“Featuring best-in-class1 maximum horsepower, a range of class-exclusive2 available safety and security features and a starting MSRP3 of $44,900, we are certainly in agreement with Autotrader that Armada is a must to drive and experience,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Armada has played an important part in Nissan’s position as the fastest growing brand in America in 2016. And already in 2017, Armada sales are up nearly 125 percent.”

Key distinctions between the 2017 Armada and the previous generation include a fresh exterior design, enhanced performance from a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 with best-in-class1 390-horsepower and a new 7-speed automatic transmission, a comfortable full-feature cabin and class-exclusive1 available safety and security features – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)3, Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)4, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)5 and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD)6.

The Armada also offers an exceptional array of standard features, including Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather information (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) and 8.0-inch color display, heated front seats and 13-speaker Bose® audio system.

As part of its adventure-ready spirit, the new Armada offers standard towing capacity of 8,500 pounds for both 4WD and 2WD models (when properly equipped). The durable independent double-wishbone front and rear suspension provides smooth ride comfort and responsive handling for both on-road and off-road driving.

The new Armada also continues the nameplate’s reputation for value and choice, offering a range of three high-content grade levels – SV, SL and Platinum – in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations. It is on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

 

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-armada-named-one-of-autotrader-s-2017-must-test-drive-award-winners


Nissan announces “America’s Best Truck Warranty”: 5 Years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper for 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD

5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty beats competitors’ standard protection programs by two years and 64,000 miles. Includes powertrain warranty – helping give Nissan full-size truck owners added trust and peace of mind

  • Covers all 2017 TITAN Endurance® V8 gas and 2017 TITAN 😄 Cummins® diesel and Endurance V8 gasoline-powered models

Nissan has announced “America’s Best Truck Warranty”* on its 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first. The announcement is part of Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” – a new product onslaught of pickups, SUVs and CUVs.

Vehicles covered by the new warranty – which includes basic and powertrain coverage – include all TITAN V8 gasoline-powered models and diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 TITAN X.D models, including both 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations, in Crew Cab and recently revealed Single Cab models. The 2017 TITANs have began arriving at Carousel Nissan in September.

“We’re pleased to now offer the same confidence-inspiring protection as our commercial vehicles for our entire range of 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new bumper-to-bumper coverage shows customers that Nissan stands behind the quality of its vehicles – including the ones that are subject to the hardest use.”

The all-new, category-busting TITAN X.D was introduced for the 2016 model year, leading Nissan’s all-out assault on the highly competitive full-size truck segment.

For the 2017 model year, Nissan adds an all-new TITAN half-ton pickup, powered by Nissan’s new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine, to the expanding TITAN X.D lineup. TITAN X.D is currently offered in a Crew Cab body with a choice of a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the Endurance® V8. New TITAN X.D and TITAN Single Cabs, the first single cab variants in TITAN history, join the lineup in late fall. A King Cab body configuration, along with a V6 engine, will follow at a later date.

“TITAN will ultimately be available in a total of three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, 4×4 and 4×2 drive and S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trim levels – covering about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Diaz. “And each and every one of them will be covered by the new 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – the best truck warranty in America.”

 

Source: nissannews.com

 


Nissan recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  • Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd was included in the prestigious World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Nissan is the only Japanese automobile company included in this year’s World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Nissan enters the World Index after being selected in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years

YOKOHAMA, Japan – This year, Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. achieved world ranking in the prestigiousDow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and was the only Japanese auto company to receive this recognition. The DJSI measures companies’ performance in the area of sustainability. Nissan has been included in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years but was included in this year’s World Index, underscoring the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility.


“Nissan is proud to be leading the way toward a new era of sustainable mobility. Our goals are clear: We want to be one of the most sustainable companies in the world and to achieve long-term growth by focusing on innovation and acting with integrity and transparency.”

Read the full 2016 Sustainability Report


“We are pleased that Nissan’s leadership in creating a new era of sustainable mobility has been recognized at the highest ranks of the DJSI, World Index,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, senior vice president and Nissan’s chief sustainability officer. “From pioneering the world’s top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, to reducing emissions through our manufacturing processes, we are dedicated to using our engineering and technological expertise to help solve today’s most urgent environmental challenges. These activities are part of our third generation environmental action plan, Nissan Green Program 2016. This milestone recognizes our ongoing efforts to be among the most sustainable companies not only in the automotive industry, but in the world.”

This assessment also reflects that Nissan’s commitment goes above and beyond the company’s commitment to safeguarding the environment. Nissan also makes sustainability considerations a priority through social and governance activities.

The DJSI was created to measure the sustainability performance of companies. It is jointly managed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and the financial firm RobecoSAM.


2016 vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder: What’s the Difference?

There’s no mistaking when Nissan Pathfinders undergo a complete redesign. With every generation, there are massive, unmissable changes to the styling, body structure and even its general purpose. The changes made between the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder don’t represent one of those dramatic transformations, but nevertheless, significant updates were made to Nissan’s 3-row family crossover. Let’s take a look at the changes.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Exterior

You’ll be forgiven if you have a tough time telling between the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and its 2017 replacement, but when you start carefully looking at them side by side, you may notice the differences. For instance, the grille has been reshaped and is now separated from the redesigned headlights that feature a signature LED running light strip. The taillights are also a bit different, while the front and rear bumpers have been reshaped. Besides looking different (Nissan says it was going for a more masculine look), the new styling reaps an improvement in aerodynamics for better fuel economy.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Interior

Changes to the cabin were less substantial but could prove more significant on a daily basis. The front cupholders have been redesigned to include a channel between them, allowing for a greater variety of containers to fit within. More importantly, the Pathfinder gains the latest Nissan touchscreen, which is bigger than before and offers improved responses. The 2016’s was one of the easier touchscreens to use, and the 2017 version only builds upon the ease of use.

Other changes include new metal and wood finishes, as well as new cloth upholstery. Otherwise, the Pathfinder’s seating and overall packaging remain unchanged. Seating for seven is standard, although the third row isn’t quite as accommodating as those of some competitors.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Mechanicals

This is where the big changes show up for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that may ultimately lead you to choose the newer version. There’s a new V6 engine that produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, a far more competitive figure than the old V6, which managed only 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The result is a noticeably more muscular SUV that can better handle the rigors of lugging about a full family load. Plus, towing capacity has raised from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, bringing the Pathfinder from average to better than all competitors not named Dodge Durango.

The new engine even produces a nice growl that doesn’t get drowned out by the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For the 2016, the transmission causes prolonged droning noises when under heavy throttle. For the 2017, Nissan introduced more pronounced artificial shift points (a CVT does not have traditional gears to work through) that eliminate much of this droning and create a normal driving experience.

Fuel economy is a bit of a complicated story. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed the way it measured fuel economy for 2017, which resulted in a lowering of most cars’ mile-per-gallon figures. Therefore, the 2016 Pathfinder’s fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined (with front-wheel drive) would’ve gone down had Nissan not changed the engine. Since the engine did change and is more efficient, the figures are actually the same. More simply, the 2017 Pathfinder receives better fuel economy, even though the EPA figures don’t indicate it.

Source:

Autotrader.com;

http://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2016-vs-2017-nissan-pathfinder-whats-the-difference-256498

 


Nissan TITAN XD, Maxima and Altima excel in 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL)℠ Study

  • All-new Nissan TITAN X.D named most appealing Large Light Duty pickup
  • Redesigned Maxima takes top spot in Large Car segment
  • Refreshed Nissan Altima finishes in top 3 among Midsize Car competitors
  • Nissan safety, convenience and connectivity technologies rate well with customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Nissan models have scored favorably in their respective segments in the just released J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) SM Study – with the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN X.D taking honors in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the new Maxima topping the Large Car segment and the refreshed Altima ranked number two among Midsize Car competitors.

The TITAN scored 867 points to dominate its class, while the Maxima tallied 857 points. The 2016 Altima, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, with 824 points, was up seven points from last year. Overall, the industry average score was up three points to 801 in 2016. Murano and Sentra scored well at 831 and 814 points, respectively, but lacked sample size in this year’s survey to qualify in their segments from J.D. Power.

“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN X.D trucks.”

The annual APEAL Study, now in its 21st year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale. The study found that some features, such as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, substantially improved owners’ sense of security – and satisfaction – with their vehicles. Nissan continues to offer a range of ‘Safety Shield’ technologies, as well as convenience and connectivity system technologies across a wide application of vehicles and trim levels including:

  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Driver Attention Alert*
  • Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • NissanConnect
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display

For photography and information about the complete lineup of 2016 Nissan vehicles, please visitNissanNews.com.

View the complete results of the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM here.

*It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for details.

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visitjdpower.com/ratings. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

 

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-titan-xd-maxima-and-altima-excel-in-2016-j-d-power-automotive-performance-execution-and-layout-apeal-study


Tips For Driving In Rain

Since we are in the middle of the rainy season, Carousel Nissan, would like to remind you of some helpful driving tips. While you’re here, be sure to check out our new and pre-owned inventory. Thanks for looking!

Rogue in Rain

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • Don’t follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.
  • Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
  • Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they’ll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.
  • Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wipers.
  • Avoid off-road driving: it’s hard to judge the actual depth of puddles and you can easily become stuck, even in an SUV.
  • Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. At night rainy roads become especially treacherous. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windscreen, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue. In rainy conditions pedestrians, livestock, and wildlife are extremely hard to spot and even harder to avoid.
  • Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground through it; your car could be swept off the road.
  • When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it’s deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car’s electrical system.
  • Avoid splashing pedestrians.
  • If possible, stay off the road during heavy thunderstorms. Large flashes of lightning can temporarily blind and disorient drivers, and the accompanying high winds and heavy rain can create deadly driving conditions.

Slow down! This should be obvious but it also very important. People are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down when inclement weather presents itself.

Before you go – Wet-weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls – steering, clutch, brake and accelerator – and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. When you begin a journey in rain, your shoes will be wet and liable to slip off the pedals. Scuff the soles on the rubber matting or carpeting of the car before you start the engine. All motorists should regularly check that their headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly.

How are your tires? – Check your tires on a regular basis. Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roadways, and offer little resistance to hydroplaning. When your tires run over water, the water is displaced and it needs somewhere to go quickly. The best place is between the treads of your tires. If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up riding on a layer of water, like a boat. (See Hydroplaning, below.)

Turn on your wipers – Replace your wipers regularly, at least once a year. Wiper blades in bad condition don’t clear water from the windshield very well and distort your view. Older vehicles may need to have the whole wiper arm replaced. The arms bend over time and sometimes can’t keep enough downward pressure to clear the windscreen, even with new blades installed. Wipers will often clear light rain from the windscreen with a few sweeps, then run on an almost-dry screen and leave smears of drying dirt. Don’t be afraid to use the windscreen washers liberally: the fluid is cheap (99 cents a gallon) and the safety benefit is high. Carry extra during the winter.

Don’t follow large trucks or busses closely. Splash and spray from these vehicles can obscure your vision, creating a potentially disastrous driving situation. Keep your distance, and your windshield wipers on, when other traffic is in front of you.

Turn on your lights – Whenever visibility is poor or it rains, headlights are a good way to let other drivers know where you are. It’s both helpful to other travelers and makes you more safe. Remember, you are not the only one affected by poor visibility. You may be able to see cars without their headlights on but others may not have vision or windshield wipers as good as yours. Many states require headlights to be turned on when it is raining or when visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet.

Heavy rain – Heavy rain can overload the wiper blades, allowing an almost continuous sheet of water to flow over the screen. When visibility is so limited that the edges of the road or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to pull over and wait for the rain to ease up. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas. If the roadside is your only option, pull off as far as possible, preferably past the end of a guard rail, and wait until the storm passes, seldom more than a few minutes. Keep your headlights on and turn on emergency flashers to alert other drivers.

Foggy windows – Rain or high humidity can quickly cause windows to mist up inside the car. In a car equipped with air conditioning, turn up the heat and direct the airflow to your defrosters with the AC switch engaged. (Many cars automatically engage the AC when switched to the defrost mode.) In a car without AC the procedure is the same, but you may need to open your side windows to get the air moving. Most modern cars have a built-in rear window defroster that easily clears a misted rear windscreen by heating up electrodes embedded in the glass. If you don’t have one, put your defroster on high and its hot air will eventually follow the inside of the roof down to the rear window. If the car has swiveling dashboard vents, adjust them so that the air flow strikes the upper edge of the side windows. The airflow will clear the side windows first, finally traveling to the rear of the car. If all else fails, a rag or article of clothing will work as well; you’ll just need to clear the window more often. Drivers should regularly clean their windshield and windows, both on the inside and outside, to help them see in good and bad weather. Smokers need to take extra care to make sure their interior windows are clear of a buildup of smoke residue.

Handling a skid – Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience. You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Brake before entering the curves. Steer and brake with a light touch. If you find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. This procedure, known as “steering into the skid,” will bring the back end of your car in line with the front. For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes. If your car has ABS, brake firmly as you “steer into the skid.”

Expressway driving – Leave lots of space between you and the car in front because it takes longer to stop. You’re supposed to leave a few seconds between cars in dry weather. Make sure you add space in wet weather because if you have to hit the brakes hard, your tires will lock up, you will hydroplane and you will most likely hit the car in front of you. If available, drive in the fast lane, where there are fewer cars and less oil deposited on the road. Also, because of the built-in slope of the road, water drains towards the slower lanes. Avoid lane changes, as water tends to build up between the tire ruts in the lanes.

Oily deposits – Watch for intersections because of the oil spots in the road. Rain is most dangerous when it falls after a long, dry spell on to roads that have become polished and smooth: the rain blends with oil and rubber-dust deposits on the road surface to form a highly dangerous skid mixture. That mixture builds up at intersections, where cars stop and start frequently. Be extra careful immediately after it starts raining because it takes a while for the worst of the dirt and oil to get washed off the road.

Driving Through Water – Where water has flooded onto the road, drive very slowly and cautiously. Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground through it: you and your car could be swept off the road, possibly finishing you both. Stop the car before entering the flooded area and check the water level ahead. Generally, if the water is deeper than the bottom of your doors or the bottom third of your wheels, it is inadvisable to attempt driving through it. Seek a detour rather than braving the flood and risking damage to your electronic control systems. Attempting to go through deep water can ruin any of these systems, creating a repair bill in the thousands of dollars.

At night it’s much harder to see water hazards. You’ll need good road observational skills to notice the difference between a wet road surface and flood water. Watch the contours not only of the road but also of fences, trees, hedges and buildings at the side of the road ahead. If they appear to be unnaturally low, slow down at once as the road is probably flooded. If you don’t slow down and hit flood water at speed, the effect is almost like hitting a wall: you will first lose control, then come to a violent stop, possibly injuring your passengers as well. Watch out for places where floodwater collects, particularly low-lying roads adjacent to streams, and dips under rail or highway bridges.

If you determine it’s safe to go on, proceed slowly and avoid making large waves in the water. If you have a manual transmission, engage first gear and keep the engine running fast by releasing the clutch just enough to partially engage gear and giving more acceleration than usual. This keeps the exhaust gases moving, helping to prevent water from entering your tailpipe. Vehicles with automatic transmissions should place the car in first gear and feather your brake, slowing the vehicle while at the same time keeping your revs up. Doing this for longer than a few seconds can seriously damage your vehicle and is not recommended. If you’re submerged too deeply, your engine will stall and water might enter your engine through your air intake, causing a condition known engine hydro-lock, forcing you to replace it.

What to do if you stall in deep water – If possible, have someone pull your vehicle out using a tow rope or cable winch. It may be possible to drive a manual transmission car out using the starter motor. You can make the job easier by removing your spark-plugs, thereby lowering your compression and making your starter turn more easily. Take great care not to let water enter the cylinders, as it will hydro-lock your engine, ruining it. This is a last resort for rescuing a flooded vehicle and is not recommended.

Check your brakes – If you successfully pass through a deep water hazard, test your brakes. They may be saturated, and only driving very slowly and braking lightly at the same time will generate enough heat to dry them out. Be sure they are pulling evenly on all wheels before building up speed again.

Source: smartmotorist.com