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WINTER FOG WEATHER SAFETY
While we might not be experiencing single-digit winter temperatures, winter still has its grasp on us until March 20th. What we have been seeing lately is fog. In fact, we may be experiencing fog throughout the rest of this week. Foggy weather can limit visibility while driving, and freezing fog can pose an additional safety hazard on the roads.
A simple definition of fog is that it’s a cloud near the ground that contains tiny water droplets. Fog limits our visibility while driving and we should practice safe driving under foggy conditions. If you must drive during foggy conditions, there are several safe driving habits to follow:
- Reduce your speed
- Increase the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you
- Turn on your headlights so that you can be seen
- Avoid using high-beam lights as this causes a glare making it more difficult to see
- Follow the lines on the road to help you stay in your lane
- Allow extra time to reach your destination
Freezing fog forms when the temperature at the ground is at or below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Freezing fog can be just as hazardous as snow and ice. Freezing fog can deposit moisture onto the roadways that can cause icy spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. If the freezing fog continues for hours/days, ice can even accumulate on trees, bushes, signs, and other surfaces.
Stay alert to changing weather conditions and any weather alerts or warnings.
- Julie Happy