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Rain poses a threat to drivers

AAA warns drivers to never go through water, as you don't always know what's beneath it.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) - With flood watches issued around the area, AAA is reminding drivers how dangerous the roads can be.

Whether it's a pothole filled with water, or an underpass with building water, never drive through it. While it may not look too deep, you can't know for sure.

The air intake on vehicles sits pretty low, so when you go through high water, the engine draws water in instead.

“It actually locks the engine up. It can cause real damage, or ruin the engine,” said Mike Brown, with AAA. “When you see cars sitting in high water it’s usually not an electrical issue, it’s usually that they’ve drawn water up into the engine.”

AAA also suggests driving in the center lane, because most water piles near the curb and you can hydroplane.

If you have anti-lock brakes, don't pump them if you start to slide. Steer and look in the direction you want to go, and firmly press the brake.

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