The Chevrolet Trailblazer and Colorado can help keep you high and dry during those rainy days

June 28, 2018

You don’t need to get  a report from the local weather bureau to know that the rainy season is officially upon us. With non-stop rains occurring every so often, a lot of folks are prone to such occurrences as torrential downpours and worse, flash floods.

With such things happening more often, especially during this time of year, it’s no surprise that high-riding vehicles like Sport Utility Vehicles are becoming more popular. Take the Chevrolet Trailblazer and its pickup sibling, the Colorado. Their truck chassis and 800m wading depth help ensure that owners can easily tackle that flash flood with confidence.

Beyond these attributes and features, however, the engineers at General Motors have done their part to make sure that their offerings can truly hack it, rain or shine. Take for instance the battery of tests performed on these vehicles—even before leaving the factory. Everything from the Universal Water Test Booth that sprays some 3,123 liters of water from 330 nozzles coming from all directions to simulate rain water, to the 15m outdoor trough, simulating a deep flood, and high pressure sprayers that all help check if there are any leaks. These make sure you stay high and dry even if it’s pouring outside.

Of course, fording a flood is one thing. But making sure you know what you’re doing is a totally different story. Driving cautiously and defensively will keep you safe and get you thru the deep water in one piece and the engine still running. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you know the road you’re passing thru. What this means is knowing where the potholes and deep ruts are. This will help you avoid any damage in the event of an unseen hazard.

It would also be a good idea to drive slowly. Start off at 3kph when entering the flood and speed up slowly to a steady 6kph. This will help you pass thru without necessarily stirring up the water and causing it to enter the engine bay. You might also want to aim for the crown or the highest part of the road. This is usually the shallowest part. And proceed one vehicle at a time, giving enough space in between drivers.

And once you exit the flooded area, pump your brakes to dry them off. This will ensure ample stopping power which is crucial in these slippery conditions.

You can check out the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Colorado at your nearest Chevrolet dealer. And don’t forget to drive responsibly, no matter what the weather.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.