WEATHER: Top 10 tips for driving in the fog

Fog on the country road ACK-141024-150039014

Fog on the country road ACK-141024-150039014

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Drivers are being alerted to severe weather conditions this morning after the Met Office issued a ‘yellow warning’ for the East.

Disruption has been caused on roads and motorways, as visibility has been reduced to 100m or less in some parts of the region.

And some airports have even had to cancel flights.

Motoring association, AA, are warning people to be ‘better safe than sorry’ and make sure they use their fog lights appropriately.

The AA put the following tips on their website for people driving in foggy conditions:

1. Use dipped headlights at all times along with wipers and demisters.

2. Familiarise yourself with your front and rear fog lights – know how to switch them on and off – and use them when appropriate.

3. Beware of other drivers not using headlights.

4. Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front. Follow a three-second rule.

5. Tailing someone’s rear lights can give a false sense of security and is dangerous.

6. If the road has street lights on, then you probably don’t need your fog lights on.

7. Be able to stop within the distance you can see clearly – this is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.

8. Don’t accelerate to get away from a vehicle that is too close behind you.

9. Check your mirrors before you slow down.

10. At a junction with limited visibility, stop, wind down the window, 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.