Is the procedure for crossing a ford different in a hybrid, electric or automatic vehicle?

I recently crossed a ford in my Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. I am aware of procedure in manual car. What advice can you give for automatics, hybrids and electric vehicles?

Asked on 2 August 2023 by David Lewis

Answered by David Ross
Broadly speaking the procedure for crossing a ford is the same regardless of the vehicle, with the important factor being to enter at a low speed and follow the bow wave as you cross.

Hybrids and electric vehicles have a separate issue with battery packs that are generally fitted beneath the vehicle. Although they are waterproofed to deal with rain water, it very much depends on the individual vehicle as to whether they are capable of being submerged - we would suggest checking the vehicle handbook for any specific information regarding wading depth.
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