Sunday 17 December 2017

Drivers warned to take care on roads in thick morning fog

Fog in the Midlands (Photo: Independent.ie)
Fog in the Midlands (Photo: Independent.ie)

Meadhbh McGrath

Drivers were advised to take care on the roads this morning as dense fog settled over the country.

Areas in the midlands including Mullingar, Portlaoise and Tullamore are among the worst affected this morning, and Brian Farrell, Communications Manager with the Road Safety Authority, warned motorists of limited visibility.

“There are added dangers to the fog situation this morning. Visibility is going to be a problem so you’re going to have to slow down, especially on a high speed road,” he told independent.ie.

“Another thing we advise is to turn down the radio and open the windows a fraction so that you can listen out for traffic. That’s particularly important at junctions, where your visibility could be significantly reduced so you need to be able to hear and anticipate traffic.”

He also reminded motorists to use their fog lights and, crucially, to remember to switch them off afterwards.

“Many drivers forget to turn them off and it’s a real problem when it dazzles other drivers.”

Met Eireann said the fog will soon clear, although it is a slow process.

“It is slow to clear because it was very cold last night. The fog will start burning off now once the sun starts getting higher.

“There’s more cloud moving down from the north and that will clear the fog along with the sunshine.”

Looking ahead to tonight, some fog is expected in the early part of the evening, but Met Eireann said it will be cloudy and the advancing clouds will clear the fog away.

It will stay rather cool over the weekend, with nights in particular getting cold enough for some patches of fog to develop.

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