*The first is the most basic, but it warrants repeating. You should never drive through a flooded roadway. Even though it may look shallow, the water may be hiding washed-away roads. Of course, never drive around barricades at water crossings.

*If you are driving through water you know to be safe, do not cross while a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction. That can cause the water to swell higher and an added danger.

*Do not drive fast. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.

*Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.

*If your vehicle stalls in water, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.

There is also something important to keep in mind. Six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors. one foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.