AAA warns motorists of driving dangers in flood

As Tropical Storm Isaac heads toward the Southeast, AAA warns motorists to avoid driving through rising or standing water.

The National Weather Service said the weekend in the Augusta area is expected to be dry before chances for storms resurface Monday and run through next week.

In heavy rains, roadside assistance calls to AAA increase significantly after motorists drive into standing water. Retention ponds and drainage ditches can be hidden by standing water, creating an even bigger problem as cars try to cross.

Standing water also can cause severe damage, such as flooding the engine, warping brake rotors, hampering power steering and creating short-circuits in the electrical components.

AAA urged drivers not to restart a vehicle if it shuts down in standing water; doing so could pull water into the engine, resulting in heavy repair costs.