Motoring: Top tips for driving safely in the fog

There have been forecasts of foggy weather in the region this week. Here are some tips for motorists on how best to drive in the foggy weather.

Safety tips for driving in fog - worth a read in case you ever come across a sudden bank of fog on the roads

Foggy conditions on a motorway

Parts of the region have been covered in fog this morning - creating a hazard for drivers. The Highway Code gives instructions on what road users must do when driving in adverse weather.

The Highway Code guidance states that before entering fog drivers should:

'... check your mirrors then slow down. If the word ‘Fog’ is shown on a roadside signal but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog.'

Fog above the Isle of Sheppey in Kent

Driving more slowly, and with greater care may seem obvious, but there are a few more tips that may be useful. The Basingstoke-based AA have compiled a list of advice for people who may have to drive in fog. Among the tips put forward are:

  • Familiarise yourself with your front & rear fog lights - know how to switch them on and off

  • Beware of other drivers not using headlights

  • Be able to stop within the distance you can see clearly - particularly important on motorways & dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.

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