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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: A AAA spokesperson is available to discuss weather related AAA roadside assistance call volume, flood damaged vehicles and insurance issues that follow. Please contactMark Madeja at 918-935-9318to coordinate a time/location.
Flooding Leads to Potential Problems for Motorists
With more rain in the forecast, drivers should stay away from flooded areas
Tulsa, OK (August 16, 2018) - Several inches of rain and floodingis currently making driving conditionsbothhazardous and potentially dangerous for Tulsa area motorists.
"Severe weather occurring now inmetro Tulsa means that some drivers will tryto drive through floodwaters only to learn the hard way that they should have turned around," said Mark Madeja, AAA Oklahoma Spokesman. "The weather forecast is calling for more rain tomorrow. AAA urges all motorists to avoid flooded roadways and to never try to drive through standing water, no matter how shallow it appears. Bottom line, turn around, don't drown."
Once floodwaters rise above the vehicle door openings, extensive disassembly may be required for cleaning. To avoid causing additional problems, never attempt to start a flood-damaged car until a thorough vehicle inspection has been performed by a qualified technician.
In addition to the obvious damage it does to upholstery and carpeting, floodwater is a corrosive and abrasive mixture of water and dirt that works its way into every seam and crevice of a vehicle. Sewage and chemical contaminants may also be present in floodwater. Even if a car is mechanically safe to drive, sanitary concerns could make it unwise for you to do so.
What to Look For
Never attempt to start a flood-damaged vehicle until a thorough inspection has been performed by a qualified technician. Your first step should be to contact your insurance company (provided you have comprehensive coverage) for help in determining the best course of action.
AAA Tips on Auto Insurance Claims:
AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 58million members nationwide and nearly four hundred thousand members in Oklahoma.AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. The non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.For more information, visitwww.AAA.com.
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