AAA: High water on the road is dangerous

Cars drive through high water in Fairborn.
Cars drive through high water in Fairborn. (ReportIt photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – High water on the road is a dangerous thing.

AAA is advising motorists tonight to never drive through standing water. Their simplest and safest advice is to turn the car around and find a safe, alternate route.

AAA says any depth of water can do serious damage to your car.

“If you don’t know how deep the water is, then don’t drive through it,” said AAA Tire & Auto Center Manager, Bruce Baldwin. “The best plan is to park your car on the highest ground possible and take shelter.”

If a vehicle is driven through standing water, a driver risks flooding the engine, warping brake rotors, loss of power steering, or a short in the electrical components of the car, all of which can be costly to repair.

3 Fast Flood Facts:

  • As little as one foot of water can “float” most vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles-including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • Repair costs for damage caused by driving through standing water can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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