Fog is forecast for Tonight and tomorrow morning. Reduced visibility can be extremely dangerous. Take precautions and know what to do when on the road significantly help reduce the risk.Fog dramatically reduces visibility, motorists must reduce their speeds to ensure the roads are safe for both themselves and other users.
The Highway Code states that dipped headlights must be used when visibility is less than 100 metres – roughly the length of a football pitch. Those needing to travel are advised to take extra care and ensure their lights (particularly fog lights) are in good working order before setting off. Drivers should also carry a mobile phone with a fully-charged battery and car adaptor if available, and should ensure that their fuel tank is full, as using lights and heating can use a lot more fuel than usual.
The following tips should always be followed when driving in fog:
- Make sure you know how to operate your front and rear fog lights before setting off.
- Headlights should be dipped as main beam just reflects off the fog.
- Follow the ‘two- second rule’ (more in wet conditions) to leave sufficient space between you and the car in front.
- If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic. If you really cannot see, you should consider stopping until it is safe to continue.
- Remember to turn your fog lights off as soon as conditions improve.
- Always drive at a speed where you can stop in the distance you can see to be safe.
- Check all your lights are working before setting off.
- Ensure your windscreen is clean.
- Read the Highway Code and Driving The Essential Skills for more information.