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AAA Carolinas: Don’t Drive Through Flooded Waters!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 5, 2019) – As Hurricane Dorian continues its destructive path along the coastal regions of the Carolinas, AAA is urging motorists to avoid driving through flooded waters.

“Water is one of the most deadly components of major storms and unfortunately isn’t taken seriously enough,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “Many motorists have a false sense of security behind the wheel when they encounter heavy rainfall and flooding but they shouldn’t. Just a few inches of water can turn a vehicle into a boat, and could put lives in danger.”

AAA urges motorists to adhere to the driving tips below if they encounter rising water on the roads:

  •  Visibility While Driving: If you can’t see the edges of the road or other vehicles at a safe distance while driving during wet weather, pull off the road as far as you can and wait for the rain to ease up. Make sure to turn on emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
  •  Slow Down and Leave Room: Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water. Drivers should reduce their speed to correspond to the amount of water on the roadway. It is important for motorists to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them.
  •  Avoid Cruise Control: Never use cruise control in wet conditions. The chances of losing control of your vehicle greatly increase.
  •  Responding to a Skid: Even the most careful drivers can experience skids. If a driver feels their car is about to skid, don’t panic and follow these basic steps.
  •  Continue to look and steer in the direction the driver wants the car to go
  •  Avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.
  •  Avoid Standing Water and Flooded Roads at All Times: There is no way to tell how deep standing water is on a flooded road and driving through it can be very dangerous. Flooded roads can cause a vehicle to stall and result in severe damage to the vehicle from:
  •  Flooding the engine
  •  Warping brake rotors
  •  Loss of power steering
  •  Short in electrical components
  •  Vehicle Stalls in Flooded Areas: DO NOT remain in the car. Adhere to the following steps:
  •  If your vehicle shuts down while in standing water, do not try to restart it. That could cause more water to enter the engine and could cost thousands to repair.
  •  Abandon your vehicle as soon as possible and seek higher ground. Flood waters can elevate quickly, sweeping away the vehicle and its occupants.

“As Hurricane Dorian continues to slam the coast and surrounding areas, flooding will be a major concern and although we hear it all the time we can’t stress ‘turn around, don’t drown’ enough,” added Wright.

AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.2 million member and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
For more information on this press release, please contact:

Public Relations Manager
Tiffany Wright
Work : 704-737-8306
Cell : 704-569-7768