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Saturday 1 October 2016

Motorists advised to be cautious as dense fog warning sparks safety fears

David Kearns

Published 01/10/2015 | 18:21

Motorists have been warned to beware of fog
Motorists have been warned to beware of fog

Drivers are being warned to take it easy this evening as a heavy fog has been forecasted for much of the country.

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Met Eireann has warned motorists to be extra vigilant on the roads.

With expectations of dense fog in several counties, the national forecaster has said visibility while driving can be very poor.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising motorist to be a alert and watch for vulnerable road-users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.

“Heavy fog seriously reduces your visibility and makes driving very dangerous,” said Ms Moyagh Murdock, RSA CEO.

“Our advice is to switch on dipped headlights and fog lamps, reduce your speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

“If the fog closes in, reduce your speed further and take your time getting to your destination.

“Open your window a little so you can listen out for other road users, particularly at junctions.”

She added that vulnerable road users should do what they can to avoid, cycling or walking in fog.

"But if you must go out, be seen to be safe - wear high visibility clothing  or carry a torch, especially if you have children with you."

The RSA are asking motorists to heed the following:

For Motorists

  • Slow down and increase the distance from the vehicle in front
  • Use dipped headlights and front and rear fog lights, if fitted
  • Open your window a little so you can hear other road users approaching, particularly at junctions
  • Remember to switch off fog lights when visibility improves
  • Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Do not blindly follow the vehicle in front – it may leave the road for whatever reason
  • If you have to stop, activate your hazard warning lights

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