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It's foggy today - a reminder of driving guidelines

Foggy morning on the M27 in Hampshire Credit: ITV News Meridian

There has been dense fog is some parts of the region this morning. The adverse weather has caused some flights from the region's airports to be cancelled or delayed. The advice too air passengers is to check before travel.

Meanwhile police forces are reminding drivers of the official guidelines for driving a vehicle in foggy conditions.

Here's an excerpt from the Highway Code's guidelines for driving in fog - Rule 235.

When driving in fog you should:

  • use your lights as required
  • keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security
  • be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster
  • use your windscreen wipers and demisters
  • beware of other drivers not using headlights
  • not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you
  • check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down
  • stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.
Slow down in fog, even if the road seems clear - a bank of fog may suddenly appear


Woman rescued from rising tide in the fog

A woman and her dog have been pulled from the water after becoming cut off by the rising tide in thick fog at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Solent Coastguard took a 999 call just before 8am this morning from the woman's husband reporting that his wife was cut off, very distressed and on Appley Beach.

Solent Coastguard immediately telephoned the woman who was stuck in the water with her dog. The water was already up to her waist, and, due to thick fog, she was disoriented.

The Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, trained in water rescue, and two boats from Ryde Inshore Rescue were sent to the scene.

Due to the foggy conditions, it wasn’t clear exactly where the woman was. Rescuers had to shout to her to track her down, but she was eventually located. Both her and the dog were then recovered to the lifeboat before being passed into the care of paramedics.

This woman told us she often takes her dog for a walk on the beach in this area, but this morning she was not aware of the rising spring tide. Combined with the foggy conditions, she ended up getting stuck up to her waist in the water. This must have been a terrifying ordeal and we’re grateful that we managed to recover her in time. To avoid becoming stuck yourself, best to check the weather and tide times before you set out. Remember though, if you do get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

– Karen Bosman, Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard

Dangers of driving in fog

The South woke up to thick fog again this morning - causing delays on the roads, on ferries and at our airports.

But despite the warning of visibility of just 80 metres - drivers were seen speeding and tailgating. Some didn't even bother to put their lights on.

Road Traffic Police were out on some of our busiest routes - and say many drivers were lucky not to crash - or cause a mass pile-up. Andrew Pate spoke to Sgt Rob Heard, the Road Traffic sergeant for Hampshire Police.

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