Not the cars, but large bodies of water across a road. Sometimes these are temporary and unintentional, as can happen on these narrow country roads if they are near a water source or it has been raining heavily, but others are designed to be crossed, especially by larger vehicles.. Some crossings have a bridge, but it is too small for HGV or lorries to use, so they are directed to the Ford, as you can see from this photo of the Eynsford Village Ford in Kent.
There is specific directions for crossing a ford:
If there is a depth gauge in area, get out and check the depth.
Don’t try to displace the water by charging at the ford or flooded area. You could lose control, stall, then you would block the road for other travelers.
F is also for Fog–Two F-words today! I had to say something about FOG. Here’s a line from the Handbook:
Observe the obvious. It doesn’t take a sign to tell you it’s foggy if you can only see a short distance ahead. If you must park on a road during fog conditions, don’t leave headlights on, as this can lead other road users to think they’ve drifted over to the extreme right side of the road. They could thus mount the pavement in an attempt to kept left. This would be dangerous for pedestrians and might damage walls, property, street furniture and other vehicles.
What, what? Street Furniture? Really? Here’s the definition:
Street furniture: objects and pieces of equipment on roads and pavements; for example, street lights and signs, bus stops, benches, bollards, etc.
I’m learning new things every day!
Also here one must deal with the Fog Light and all its attendant rules.
- Fog lights must only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less.
- You MUST switch off fog lights when visibility improves. This is the law. They’re misleading and can dazzle other drivers if left on. They may also make your brake lights less conspicuous.
- When queuing in traffic and the driver behind has already seen you, switch off rear fog lights temporarily to avoid dazzling them.
- Front fog lights MUST NOT be used to improve the view of the road ahead, except in seriously reduced visibility.
How do we manage in the U.S.A. without fog lights??