Most fords don't have gates or barriers that can be closed to stop you trying to cross when the river's impassable, so:
Don’t assume a ford that was safe to cross yesterday will be safe to cross today.
Go the long way round if you’re not sure how deep the water is.
Don't follow your sat nav blindly across water.
Check the depth gauge – avoid water more than 10cm (4 inches) deep – and pay attention to warning signs/lights.
Remember that a foot of flowing water is enough to move the average family car – six inches can knock you off your feet.
Drive slowly and steadily – don’t make a bow wave.
It only takes an egg cupful of water sucked into your engine to wreck it.
Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
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