UNLESS you were out of the country in the last couple of weeks, chances are you heard the warning "don't drive through floodwaters" a time or two.
The primary reason for this was, of course, to highlight the personal danger to motorists but as thousands of Queenslanders have recently discovered, many cars simply cannot cope with floodwater.
Although modern vehicles can handle a wide range of operating conditions, if water reaches the lower levels of the doors or enters the interior, a host of serious defects jeopardising your safety can result.
Even minor water damage to cars could cause long term serious damage, so it pays to have the vehicle checked by a mechanic to avoid safety issues and costly repairs.
Complex electrical systems are prone to malfunction, such as engine management, transmission operation and other primary control systems, while fluid contamination is a major hazard.
Contaminated engine oil, steering, transmission and brake fluid can lead to severe damage, with water in the fuel tank likely to stop a vehicle in its tracks, especially diesel-powered ones.
Motorists whose cars were submerged or received significant flood damage should seek advice from their insurer.
After the floods of 2010/11, RACQ put together an advisory about flooded vehicles, which is available at www.racq.com/factsheets.