Highways England & Met Office issue fog warning for Tuesday's rush hour - The Evesham Observer

Highways England & Met Office issue fog warning for Tuesday's rush hour

DRIVERS across Worcestershire are being urged to take care on the roads after the Met Office and Highways England issued a warning for fog.

The Met Office has put out a ‘yellow warning’ which means drivers should ‘be aware’ of dense freezing fog patches forming overnight and for tomorrow’s rush hour which will see visibility levels drop below 100metres.

This, it says, is likely to lead to tricky road travel conditions.

The fog is then expected to last for most of the morning.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety, said the organisation was expecting the fog to affect tomorrow’s rush hour and advised motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

“Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

“We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.”

Among the other warnings are that motorists should keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.

Drivers should also use their windscreen wipers, demisters and air conditioning and be able to stop well within a distance they can see.

“This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.

“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.”


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