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Nov/Dec 2017 Issue

Pledge to celebrate safely during the holiday season

Kicking off on the night before Thanksgiving and lasting through New Year’s Day, the holidays are filled with parties and social engagements, but they’re also fraught with the potential for tragedy.

When people drink at holiday parties before getting behind the wheel, it dramatically affects their reaction time, attention, tracking, comprehension, and other skills essential for safe driving.

Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Yet those who have been drinking aren’t the only ones who die. In fact, more than one-third of the people killed when an alcohol-impaired driver crashes are not the impaired drivers but other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

If you’re going to a party:
• Designate someone who will not be drinking
at all to drive your group home

• If you attend by yourself, use a taxi or ride-
sharing service

If you’re throwing a party:
• Provide a selection of non-alcoholic beverages

• Give gifts to guests who volunteer to be
designated drivers

• Take the car keys from guests who have had
too much to drink

• Have contact information handy for a taxi or ride-sharing service



In the wake of hurricanes, be wary of flooded cars

When Harvey and Irma barreled into the Gulf Coast and Florida, the hurricanes brought with them torrents of rain, coastal storm surges, and massive flooding.

And in their wake, they left upwards of 1 million cars under water at varying levels.
Now AAA is cautioning vehicle shoppers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles, which can be shipped anywhere for resale. They often continue to appear in the marketplace for up to a year after a major flood.

In many cases, the cost to repair a flood-damaged car may exceed its value, so insurance companies will “total” the vehicles, which are then sold to salvage companies. However, some of these vehicles end up being purchased by individuals who bring varying levels of expertise to the restoration process. While some just fail to tell you the car’s true history, others will intentionally hide it.

Engine computers, sensors, and other electrical devices can sometimes be salvaged, but unless they are thoroughly cleaned and dried, problems caused by corrosion and oxidation may occur months after the flood.

To spot a flood-damaged vehicle, consumers can:

• Obtain a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, which can potentially reveal if the vehicle has been involved in a flood, major accident, or fire. AAA Classic or Plus® members are entitled to 20 percent off the retail price for vehicle history reports from CARFAX. Simply visit You’ll need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy.
• Engage your sense of smell to detect any damp or musty odors inside the vehicle.
• Pull back the carpet at different areas and look for mud, dirt, or signs of water stains.
• Look under the vehicle for corrosion. It is uncommon to find corrosion in newer vehicles and those that are owned or sold in southern states.
• Open all doors, hood, and trunk to inspect for corrosion, mud, dirt, or discoloration on the door frames, hinges, and under the weather stripping.



You’re invited to Maximize Your Membership events

Your AAA membership is filled with savings, benefits, and services, so to help you get the most out of it, we offer free and informal Maximize Your Membership events. Discover how you can use your card every day. Please RSVP for these meetings.

Little Rock, Ark
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 15,
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Where: 9116 Rodney Parham.
RSVP: (501) 223-9222, Ext. 101

Southaven, Miss.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 15
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: 7111 Southcrest Pkwy.
RSVP: (662) 349-4021, Ext. 0