A dense fog warning has been issued for Washington County through Thursday morning
The National Weather Service issued a dense fog warning at 5:17 a.m. Thursday in effect until 9 a.m. in Washington County.
“Visibility is a quarter mile or less in dense fog,” the weather service added.
The weather service describes “hazardous driving conditions due to reduced visibility.” “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 you have to go out in foggy conditions, keep these safety tips in mind from the weather service:
Moderate your speed:
- Slow down and allow extra travel time to reach your destination safely.
The importance of vision:
- 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:
- Avoid using high-beam headlights, as they create glare that obstructs your vision on the road.
Keep your distance:
- Maintain a wide following distance to account for sudden stops or shifts in traffic patterns.
Stay on track:
- To make sure you stay in the right lane, use road lane markings as a guide.
Zero vision strategy:
- In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to turn on your hazard lights first, then simply pull over in a safe place such as a local business parking lot and stop.
Limited 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 tail lights are not on, reducing the risk of other drivers hitting your stationary vehicle.
By adhering to these weather service recommendations, you can navigate foggy conditions more safely, mitigate the risk of accidents and prioritize your well-being.
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