WEATHER ALERT: Be careful foggy conditions

Weather alert affecting the East Midlands
Weather alert affecting the East Midlands

The Met Office has put out a yellow alert for fog in the East Midlands this morning (Tuesday, April 28).

Forecasters are calling for motorists to be weary of the driving conditions as low cloud affects the region this morning.

The Met Office said: "Areas of fog, with visibilities locally below 100m, will continue to affect some eastern and southeastern counties of England until later this morning. This may cause localised disruption on roads and perhaps delays at some airports, before gradually lifting.

"A moist chilly easterly drift is leading to a lot of low cloud and fog this morning, some over the hills and some at low levels too. Visibilities are quite variable, some locations staying largely fog free, others seeing notably poor conditions."

Advice website RoadDriver website said: "Fog is one of the most dangerous driving conditions that can confront a driver."

"Usually dense fog lifts by late morning or early afternoon. If dense fog occurs it is safer to postpone your journey until it has cleared but if you cannot postpone your journey or if you are caught in fog, you will find the following tips useful."

Follow these top tips for driving in foggy weather:

- Slow down to a safe manageable speed to fit the conditions.

- Switch on your headlights and if visibility is less than 100 yards use front fog lights if fitted. Use only your Low Beam headlights as High Beams (blue dashboard beam) reflect the moisture off the fog making it even more difficult to see.

- When travelling on a motorway or dual carriageway, keep in the left-hand lane, this will provide you with the grass verge or hard shoulder as an escape route in an emergency.

- Watch your speedometer; fog can create a feeling of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.

- Switch off the radio and listen for traffic that you cannot see. If necessary open your window a little.

- Use the left-hand edge of the road or pavement as a guide. Never use the centre white lines.

- Lit up street lamps can be a useful guide as they tend to follow the contour of the road.

- While you may be able to see the vehicle ahead because of its lights, pedestrians and obstacles on the road may not be visible at even half the distance.

- Do not stop on the carriageway as you are likely to be rear ended which could start a chain reaction of collisions.

- If the fog is too dense to continue, pull completely off the road and try to position your vehicle in a protected area away from other traffic. Turn on your emergency hazard warning lights.

- Driving in fog can be stressful and can cause eye strain, take regular rest breaks, it is better to arrive home late than not at all.