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Foggy morning causes problems for Iowa drivers

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- This morning's fog and slippery driving conditions caused headaches for a number of eastern Iowa drivers.

Drivers spent the morning paying extra attention to the roads, especially when they couldn't see more than a few yards in front of them.

"Last night you couldn't see more than 20 feet in front of you. You couldn't read the signs in front of you. Awful thick last night," said Bruce Lewis, a trucker from Florida.

Lewis has criss-crossed Iowa roadways a number of times in his 25 year career. He says it's odd to see so much fog in February.

"Just keep it slow.  Keep it real slow and pay attention to what you're doing and watch the other drivers. That's the biggest cause of accidents, the other idiots," said Lewis.

Along with the fog, the freezing and thawing cycle is also causing some slippery conditions on Iowa roadways and it's what authorities say you need to watch out for.

The Iowa State Patrol responded to several accidents around eastern Iowa. Trooper Mark Sigwarth says drivers need to make sure they have their headlights on and on low beam as well as paying extra attention to their speed.

"Things people aren't doing is slowing down. You can only go so fast in the fog and that's as far as you can see safely and other people can see you," said Trooper Sigwarth.

Sigwarth also says driving in the fog can be deceiving. Without being able to see landmarks many people tend to speed without even knowing it. He says people need to pay extra attention to their speedometer when driving in the fog.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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