Scooter Bike Breaks High Flood, Does The Engine Need To Be Turned Off Or Not?


Regular rains began to flush most of the Greater area and several areas in Indonesia. At some point in the way, flooding is something that can not be avoided. For automatic motorbike riders who want to break through high enough flooded puddles, what’s the safe way? Does the engine need to be turned off first?

When it rains, bumpy road contours and poor drainage can form a lot of puddles. If you are not careful, this has the potential to endanger the driver and make the vehicle slip.

If the riders are forced to do activities in the rainy season, then they can prepare and pay attention to several things to stay safe while riding their motorbikes.

Here are some tips for driving an automatic motorbike safely in the rainy season, as explained by Yamaha in its official statement:

1. Always make sure the motor is in good condition before use. Especially in important areas, such as air filters, spark plugs and CVTs, make sure the parts are not exposed, because these parts are potentially susceptible to water splashes.

2. Always have a raincoat in the trunk of the motorbike. As a precaution so that motorists continue their journey if it suddenly rains. It is recommended to use a raincoat in the form of a shirt and pants, and use shoes that are not slippery and safe for driving.

3. It is recommended to use a helmet with a clear visor. This is so as not to interfere with the view while driving.

4. Make sure the front and rear lights and turn signal are functioning properly and are brightly lit. This makes it easier for drivers to see road conditions and other drivers from behind clearly when it rains.

5. Use a motorcycle with tubeless tires and a wide tread, and make sure the tire pressure is up to the standard. Supports the rider stay comfortable when maneuvering on wet and slippery roads.

6. Put your cell phone in a safe place. Riders can take advantage of the closed box console in front or the trunk under the seat. That will prevent the phone from falling and getting caught in the rain.

7. Choose a route or path that is safe from flooding in case of heavy rain. Avoid crossing routes or road contours that are not understood beforehand, because it will risk endangering motorists when crossing puddles with potholes that are not visible.

8. Pay attention to driving speed when it rains to prevent the vehicle from slipping on wet roads.

9. Make sure to keep a safe distance from other vehicles, because when it rains it requires a longer braking distance than dry road conditions.

10. Avoid positioning the motorcycle behind or beside a large vehicle that has the potential for a blind spot.

11. If you are forced to go through a flood, it is recommended to turn off the engine and turn it on again after passing through the flood so that there is no water hammer (water entering the combustion chamber) and immediately check at the nearest workshop.

“Keep in mind, if the vehicle is caught in a flood and there is a problem with the engine shutting down due to water entering the exhaust duct, do not immediately start the engine again. It is better to first push it to a safe place, remove the spark plug and make sure there is no water in the engine to prevent damage. engine or even a short circuit in the electrical system which can cause further damage to the vehicle,” said Hasan Ardiansyah, Senior Service Advisor for Yamaha FSS Jakarta.