Drivers warned as fog set to linger on North East roads

The M621. Picture: SWNS
The M621. Picture: SWNS

Drivers face further problems on the region’s roads today, with fog set to linger until the evening rush hour.

There were widespread mist patches across the region throughout this morning’s commute and the Met Office is predicting the restricted visibility will get worse before it gets better.

The service is forecasting poor visibility from lunchtime throughout the afternoon, with things only likely to improve after 5pm.

The AA has issued advice to drivers on coping with foggy conditions.

“According to the Highway Code, you must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced – generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) or the length of a football pitch,” said a spokesman.

“There’s no obligation to use fog lights but if your car is involved in an accident in reduced visibility and its fog lights weren’t on, then it may be queried by an insurer.

“If you do use fog lights they must be switched off when visibility improves. This applies equally to front and rear fog lights.

“When there’s fog around, visibility can seriously deteriorate in a matter of seconds. Be extra vigilant and drive only as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front.”

Top ten tips for staying safe in fog

*Use dipped headlights at all times along with wipers and demisters;

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

*Beware of other drivers not using headlights;

*Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front. Leave a three-second gap;

*Tailing someone’s rear lights can give a false sense of security and is dangerous – don’t do it;

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

*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;

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

*Check your mirrors before you slow down.

*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.