Have you experienced being stranded in deep flood with your motorcycle?
Not only is it scary, but being submerged in murky water also puts your health at risk after being exposed to bacteria. Fortunately, this can be avoided if a rider knows how to effectively gauge if a flooded area is passable without using a meter stick.
Visual judgment and getting familiar with water levels can spare one from being trapped in floodwater and spending excessively on bike repairs. The rule of thumb: When in doubt, don’t!
Such skills can be enhanced through practice and the use of vehicle parts as reference—tires, engine, lights, and fuel tank, to name a few. Street elements like gutters, signposts, plant boxes can also help estimate depth.
The most common benchmark, though, are parts of the body (knee, waist, and chest), which you can often hear in weather reports on the radio. Familiarity with these points of reference can prove a safety advantage.
For its part, the Honda Safety Driving Center (HSDC) shared on Facebook the so-called ‘Flood Gauge,’ which apparently is a standard measurement prepared by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Take note:
1) Passable to all types of vehicles
- Gutter level - 8in
- Half-knee level - 10in
2) Not passable to light vehicles
- Half-tire level - 13in
- Knee level - 19in
3) Not passable to all types of vehicles
- Tire level - 26in
- Waist level - 37in
- Chest level - 45in
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