AAA shares quidelines on how to stay safe during Flood Watch

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Since much of the area is under a flood watch through tomorrow, here are some guidelines from AAA Auto Club on how to stay safe.

  • The depth of standing water during a storm can be deceiving. Motorists should never drive through standing water at any depth.
  • Should you encounter standing water on the road, your safest course of action is always to simply turn the car around and avoid it altogether.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​No matter how familiar you may be with the road, never drive through standing water, at any depth, as it could cause serious damage to your vehicle.
  • Reduce the chance of hydroplaning by slowing down.
  • Allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing following distance of the vehicle in front of you.
  • Avoid using your Cruise Control.
  • To prevent loss of traction, the driver may need to reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged.​​​​​​​

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(This story was originally published on October 31, 2018)

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