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Foggy conditions making driving tricky

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Foggy conditions all across Eastern Iowa are making for some less than ideal road conditions.

Visibility has been at a mile or less for most of the viewing area for most of the day.

And that's meant a headache for drivers like Travis Bob, who is still getting used to the roads in Dubuque.

"Oh, it's been confusing. New to this area, especially. It's hard to see the off-ramps and any local businesses that I'm supposed to see," Bob said.

They've also meant a simple task like stopping for gas on your way through Dubuque has been not so simple.

"It's definitely an iffy, iffy thing," said Travis Hahn, who is heading to Waverly from Madison, WI. "Especially on these high speed roads, it's definitely a little bit uncomfortable."

Adding to that lack of comfort: driver's who have their lights off.

State Trooper Jeff Driscoll said that's one of the biggest problems they see on days like today, and he won't hesitate to pull you over to remind you.

Even if it doesn't help your visibility, it helps other driver's be aware of you on the road.

"You definitely want to be seen. You don't want to be one of those people that people pull out in front of you because they can't see you," he said.

Driscoll also says it's important not to depend on your automatic light feature.  It doesn't detect fog, so you may be driving around with your lights off.

"I've talked to people about that and they don't even realize their lights aren't on until we talk to them. They figure the automatic is going to override it, but it doesn't," he said.

And of course, he adds, it's always better to be safe than sorry.  He says you should keep at least three seconds between you and the car in front of you, and, "don't be afraid to increase that on days like today."

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