A dense fog warning has been issued for five New Jersey counties through Wednesday evening

A dense fog warning has been issued for five New Jersey counties through Wednesday evening

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog warning for Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties, in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The weather service, which issued the alert at 2:14 p.m., says drivers could experience visibility of less than a quarter-mile in dense fog.

“Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility,” the weather service said in its warning. “If you are driving, slow down, use headlights, and leave enough space in front of you.”

Navigating in the fog: Safety tips from the weather service

If a dense fog warning has been issued for your area, it means that widespread dense fog has developed and visibility often drops to only a quarter mile or less. These conditions can make driving difficult, so use extreme caution on the road and, if possible, consider delaying your trip.

If driving through fog becomes unavoidable, remember the following safety tips:

Moderate your speed:

  • Slow down and allow extra time for your trip to reach your destination safely.

Vision priority:

  • Make sure your vehicle is visible to others by using low-beam headlights, which also activate the taillights. If available, use fog lights.

Avoid high beams:

  • Avoid using high-beam headlights, as they create glare that obstructs your vision on the road.

Maintain safe gaps:

  • Maintain a wide following distance to account for sudden stops or shifts in traffic patterns.

Stay on track:

  • Use road lane markings as a guide to stay in the right lane.

Zero Vision Protocol:

  • In situations of near-zero visibility due to dense fog, activate your hazard lights and find a safe place, such as a nearby commercial parking lot, to pull over and park.

No parking options:

  • If a designated parking area is not available, pull your vehicle as far off the road as possible. Once stopped, deactivate all lights except the flashing warning lights, engage the emergency brake, and release the brake pedal to ensure the taillights remain unlit, reducing the chance of other drivers hitting your stationary vehicle.

By adhering to these weather service precautions, you can navigate foggy conditions more safely, reducing the likelihood of accidents and ensuring your personal safety.

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Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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