A dense fog warning has been issued for north Alabama through Friday morning
The National Weather Service issued a Dense Fog Advisory at 11:50 PM Wednesday in effect until Friday at 9 AM for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.
“Visibility is less than one mile in heavy fog,” the weather service reported.
“Hazardous driving conditions due to reduced visibility,” the weather service states. “If you are driving, slow down, use headlights, and leave enough space in front of you.”
Fog safety: tips from the meteorological service for safe travel
When a dense fog warning is issued for your area, it means that widespread dense fog has developed and visibility could drop to a quarter mile or less. These conditions pose challenges to travel, so exercise extra caution on the road or consider postponing your trip if possible.
If driving through fog becomes unavoidable, remember the following safety tips:
- Slow down and allow extra travel time to reach your destination safely.
- Make sure your vehicle is visible to others with low beam headlights, which automatically activate the taillights. Use fog lights if your vehicle is equipped with them.
Avoid high beams:
- Refrain from using high beams, as they create glare, making it more difficult to see what is ahead of you on the road.
Keep a safe distance:
- 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.
Visibility is close to zero:
- In situations of near-zero visibility due to dense fog, turn on your hazard lights and locate a safe place, such as a nearby commercial parking area, to pull over and park.
No parking options:
- If there is no parking lot or driveway, pull your vehicle to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you’ve stopped, turn off all lights except the flashing hazard warning lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off the brake pedal to make sure the taillights aren’t on so other drivers don’t accidentally hit you.
By adhering to these weather service recommendations, you can navigate foggy conditions more safely, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring your safety.
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