Traffic Police issues Advisory for Jammu-Kashmir

SSP Traffic City Jammu Shiv Kumar Sharma on Wednesday issued a traffic advisory for safe and secure road travel during winter fog in view of the existing weather conditions.

“Driving during foggy days can be a complete nightmare. The best thing to do is to avoid driving in fog — even if you are a confident driver. Check weather forecasts and if there is a fog warning, delay your trip until it clears”, and Further added In case that is not possible, follow these simple tips to stay safe.

SSP Traffic City Jammu  Shiv Kumar Sharma issues Tips to Stay Safe While Driving in Fog

1) Watch your speed: You may be going faster than you think. If so, reduce speed gradually and avoid passing, changing lanes and crossing traffic.

2) See and be seen: Use your low-beam headlights. High-beams reflect off the moisture droplets in the fog, making it harder to see. Always have your tail-lights and blinkers on so that other drivers can spot your car and maintain safe distance.

3) Use fog lights: Most mid and low segment cars in India don’t have fog lights.
In case your car doesn’t have fog lights, keep yellow cellophane paper handy. Stick it to your car’s headlights and turn the high beam on.

4) Reduce the distractions in your vehicle. For example, turn off your cell phone and radio. Roll down your window to help you hear other traffic on the road.

5) Drive closer to the kerb and follow the magnetic blinkers on the side of the road.

6) Keep a sensible amount of space between your car and the car in front. Less distance gives you lesser time to react when things go wrong.

7) Turn on your heater: Fog outside will often cause condensation inside.

8) Check that your windscreen and windows are clean, and that your light indicators are working.
Over time, the headlights tend to turn yellow. To avoid that clean them with toothpaste and warm water.

9) Blow the horn repeatedly, especially while changing lanes and at turns.

10) Needless to say, don’t drink and drive.
Pull over to the side of the road if you have no visibility. Turn on your emergency flashers, in addition to keeping your low-beam headlights on. Drive safe.