TORONTO, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Record-setting rains left many roads in
the Greater Toronto Area flooded and some motorists stranded yesterday.
And with more heavy rain in the forecast, drivers need to be prepared
for these situations.
CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) recommends these driving safety
Do not attempt to drive through standing water. Attempting to drive
through flooded streets may cause your engine to stall, your brakes to
fail and potentially cause severe damage if you try to restart the
Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it.
Plan your route to avoid low-lying areas if possible.
If you don't have to drive, stay off the roads.
If you become stranded and your car stalls call CAA for help. If you
feel your safety is at risk, call 9-1-1 immediately. CAA offers 24-hour
roadside service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Drivers can request roadside assistance by phone or online.
Flood waters can potentially damage your vehicle's electrical and
exhaust systems, wheel bearings and brakes, as well as, your airbags.
If you have driven through standing water, have a professional inspect
your vehicle. CAA can help you find a reliable repair facility.
During severe rainfall, CAA may experience higher than normal call
volumes. In these instances, we remind members that those stranded on
the roads are our first priority. members may obtain their own
road-side service and submit a receipt for a refund to CAA based on
their membership. As of this morning, CAA has serviced nearly 4,000
motorists in need of help since the rain began yesterday.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering roadside services, automotive
care, travel and insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members
in South Central Ontario and over 5.6 million members in Canada. We're
more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
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SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Specialist, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.