Driving your vehicle through a flooded roadway could be both dangerous and expensive. This, the warning from AAA as drivers across Connecticut find themselves, and sometimes their passengers, stranded on heavily flooded streets.
“Driving through a flooded intersection or roadway is putting yourself, your passengers and anyone who then must come to your rescue at unnecessary risk”, says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Even if you make it through, the damage to your car could be costly”.
If your vehicle shuts down in standing water, do not try to restart it. That could cause more water to enter the engine and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Flooded roads may also damage your car by:
Mechanical components, computer systems, engine, transmission, axles, brake system and fuel system impacted by water contamination may render the vehicle unfit to drive and in many cases vehicles sustaining significant water damage will be determined to be a total loss.
AAA encourages any drivers with flood-damaged vehicles to find a trusted mechanic at any one of our AAA-Approved Auto Repair centers across the state. Here’s a list of AAA-Approved Repair facilities.
Is flood damage to my car covered by Insurance?
Becoming stranded in flood waters may be much more than just an inconvenience, it could represent a significant expense. Damage caused by floodwaters is only covered for drivers who have the OPTIONAL comprehensive portion of an auto policy.
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Wet pavement contributes to more than a million crashes each year.
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