News A483 Fog

The Wrexham area is currently under thick fog in parts this morning, affecting roads and travel.

Michelle posted on our Facebook Page saying “Loads of cars out there without any lights on, ridiculous.”

Clare agreed saying “I’ve just done the school run and I agree people need to put their fog lights or any lights on come to that.”

There was also an incident on the A483 southbound near junction 2.

There was reports of long tailbacks as a result and traffic at a standstill.

An ambulance is in attendance.

The MET Office have issued the following ‘Yellow’ warning, which means ‘be prepared’:

“Issued at – 13 Mar 2014, 03:12
Valid from – 13 Mar 2014, 03:30
Valid to – 13 Mar 2014, 10:00

Dense fog patches on Thursday morning will be slow to clear, with visibility below 100m in places.

The public should be aware of the potential for some difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, particularly during the morning rush hour.”

The AA offers the following ‘top ten tips’ for driving in fog:

  • Use dipped headlights at all times along with wipers and demisters.
  • Familiarise yourself with your front and rear fog lights – know how to switch them on and off – and use them when appropriate.
  • Beware of other drivers not using headlights.
  • Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front.  Follow a three-second rule.
  • Tailing someone’s rear lights can give a false sense of security and is dangerous.
  • If the road has street lights on, then you probably don’t need your fog lights on.
  • Be able to stop within the distance you can see clearly – this is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Don’t accelerate to get away from a vehicle that is too close behind you.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down.
  • At a junction with limited visibility, stop, wind down the window, and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.

The picture above, of just about a visible tree, was sent to us by Mark this morning.