Recommendations for driving

Driving in water

Updated 1/21/2020

Driving in water

Wading means the car being driven through water, e.g. on a flooded road. Driving in water must be performed with great caution.

Observe the following to prevent damage to the car when driving through water:

  • The water level must not be higher than the floor of the car. If possible, check the depth at the deepest point before starting to drive through the water. Extra caution should be exercised when passing through flowing water.
  • Always change to Off Road drive mode before driving through water in order to ensure that the internal combustion engine is running.
  • Do not drive faster than walking pace.
  • Do not stop the car in the water. Drive forward carefully or reverse the car back out of the water.
  • Remember that waves created by oncoming traffic may rise above the level for the floor of the car.
  • Avoid driving through salt water (corrosion risk).


Parts of the car (e.g. engine, gearbox, driveline or electrical components) may be damaged when driving through water with a level higher than the floor of the car. Damaged caused to a component caused by submersion, hydrolock or lack of oil is not covered by the warranty.

In the event of stalling in water, do not try to restart. Instead, tow the car out of the water and transported on a low loader to a workshop. An authorised Volvo workshop is recommended.

When the water has been passed, depress the brake pedal lightly and check that full brake function is achieved. Water and mud for example can make the brake linings wet resulting in delayed brake function.

If necessary, clean the contact for the trailer coupling after driving in water and mud.

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