AAA issues wet weather warning: 8 ways to stay safe this weekend

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by AAA Arizona

Video reports by Tess Rafols and Kim Quintero

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

PHOENIX -- Rainfall is in the forecast this weekend, raising the likelihood of slick roads and local flooding. As a safety advocate, AAA Insurance is urging Arizonans to take precautions to stay safe this weekend.

Homeowners should…
• Review your homeowner’s policy to ensure they are protected against storm damage. It’s important to note that standard homeowner’s policies do not have flood coverage.

• Secure outdoor objects, including furniture, fixtures, garbage cans and trees. Even in weak storms, these easily can be blown over, causing damage to the object, homes, or people. Also, drive wooden stakes at least two feet into the ground, and secure young trees to them. Trim heavy or dead branches on larger trees.

• Prepare for electrical surges and outages. Protect sensitive electronics, such as computers, gaming systems or televisions by using surge protectors. Also, keep flashlights and batteries handy.

Drivers should…
• Storm-ready your vehicle. Inspect components that are imperative to the safe operation of your vehicle in inclement weather. This includes: windshield wipers, headlights, brake lights, brakes and tire tread.

• Review your insurance coverage. Motorists generally need a comprehensive policy to be protected against storm damage. Liability coverage only, for example, does not cover damage from hail, wind or rain.

• Slow down. Roads become slippery when water mixes with oil, dirt and grease, making it harder to control a vehicle.

• Refrain from driving through flooded areas. It only takes a few inches of rushing water to move a vehicle.

•  Refrain from taking photos while driving. That wall of dust moving across the highway would make for an amazing photo or video to share on social media – if you weren’t driving. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on the task at hand. This is especially important during inclement weather.

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