The internet is full of determined motorists attempting to drive their vehicle through deep flood waters only to be left stranded once their vehicle predictably loses ground or breaks down. The latest comes to us from the appropriately named /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit and shows the driver of a K2XX-generation Chevy Silverado HD attempting to drive through a badly flooded underpass and failing.
This clip shows the driver of a silver Chevy Silverado HD approaching the underpass at Franklin Avenue and I-610 in New Orleans, which is notorious for taking on water during and after heavy rain storms. Under the wrongful assumption that his high-riding pickup truck is capable of driving through deep water, the motorist decides to proceed through the underpass, only making it about three quarters of the way through before his truck begins floating. The driver then emerges from the truck, climbs on the hood and stands there, seemingly bewildered at the situation that just unfolded.
It should go without saying that the vast majority of factory pickup trucks, even relatively large ones like the Chevy Silverado HD, are not capable of fording water at these depths. Lifted suspension would be ideal here, helping to ensure the engine bay does not become flooded with water and damage the alternator and other components, while an intake snorkel may also have come in handy. That said, we don’t suggest attempting to drive through flooded streets, no matter how well prepped your truck or SUV is, as stranded motorists may be at risk and can create more work for first responders.
Check out the video embedded below.