A ford that was safe to cross yesterday may not be today
Don’t assume that a ford is always safe to cross just because the road goes into the river on one side and comes out on the other.
According to the website wetroads.co.uk more than 2000 river fords remain in use in the UK, generally where a minor road carrying little traffic crosses a minor river or stream.
Unlike the more expensive alternative of a bridge, a ford, or watersplash, is vulnerable to changes in water level and flow rate and can quickly become impassable, particularly following heavy rain.
12 of the AA's top 20 flooding related breakdown sites between 2009 and 2014 were at fords.
The ford on Rufford Lane in Newark, Nottinghamshire, with 96 flood-related rescues in five years (2009-2014) is the AA's number one flood-accident hot spot in the UK.
12 of the top 20 sites are at fords with the remaining sites being roads liable to flooding from nearby rivers.
(updated 15 April 2015)