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Dense fog driving dangers

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WATERLOO (KWWL) – Widespread fog is cutting visibility to less that a-quarter mile in some locations.

Light mist, freezing mist or flurries accompanied with areas of dense fog will create the potential for slick spots on roadways and bridges.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) reminds motorists to follow these safety tips when driving in low-visibility and slick conditions.

· Give your full attention to your driving.

· Clear any frost from vehicle windows before staring a trip. Turn on vehicle headlights to see and be seen.

· Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, overpasses, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice — a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.

· Put additional room between your vehicle and the one ahead so that you have safe stopping distance.

· Do not take chances when pulling out in front of approaching vehicles. Remember, the other driver may be unable to see your vehicle.

· Avoid using cruise control.

· Wear your seat belt – all persons, all seating positions and at all times.

· Allow extra travel time. Better late than never.

 

Online Producer: Maria Magner

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