AAA Warns Motorists Of Potential Dangers From Tropical Storm Elsa

Alison Rombough

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) — Despite the weakening of Tropical Storm Elsa, heavy rain, strong winds and possible flooding pose a threat for motorists in the Carolinas. AAA is providing tips to help Carolinians before and during the storm.

“Behind the wheel is the last place you should be during severe weather,” said Tiffany Wright, Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group in the Carolinas. “Driving through severe weather endangers the lives of both you and the first responders who might need to come to your rescue. If you don’t have to drive, stay home.”

AAA’s Tips for Driving on Wet Roads

  • Slow down
  • Increase your following distance
  • Turn your headlights on
  • Turn your hazard lights off
  • Avoid using cruise control
  • If poor visibility, pull over to a safe place and wait for the rain to ease up
  • Avoid flooded areas

“Just because water isn’t rushing, it doesn’t mean it’s not a threat,” added Wright. “Standing water can be very dangerous, because you never know just how deep the water is or what you might be driving over.”

In addition to facing dangerous driving conditions, homeowners should also prepare for potential impacts. AAA urges those residents, especially those along the coast, to secure their homes and heed the warnings of local authorities.

What residents can do now:

  • Develop an evacuation plan with multiple destinations
  • Review insurance policies and catalog belongings
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents and records
  • Prepare your home, inspect your roof, and trim trees and shrubs
  • Stock food, water, and emergency supplies for at least 3 days
  • Sign up for local weather alerts and warnings

It’s Too Late for Flood Insurance

The potential of storm surge and heavy downpours raise concerns of residential flooding. Because of a 30-day waiting period, it is too late to purchase flood insurance for this storm. However, there are a few things Carolinians can do now to protect their homes from potential rising waters.

Tips to prevent flooding at your home

  • Place plastic sheeting and sand bags at doorway openings
  • Check for and seal openings in roof, windows and doors
  • Clear debris from gutters, drains and downspouts

About AAA – The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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