Thick fog engulfs region: Punjab today woke up with the first fog of the season and dip in temperature. As thick blanket of fog engulfed Punjab, it has reduced the visibility at several places including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar. Chandigarh also witnessed a low visibility due to fog in the early morning. Low visibility made an impact on movement of vehicles and delayed trains and air service.According to the weather department, the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 21 degrees Celsius. The humidity was recorded at 79 per cent. Poor visibility was also reported from other parts of north India including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh.Heavy fog in the North India has disrupted the majority rail service on Monday. As around half a dozen trains were running late for certain hours at the Ludhiana railway station, while others were running late for one hour to fifteen minutes in order to leave the passengers waiting.Flights were suspended at Sahnewal Airport due to poor visibility. Sahnewal Airport authorities cancelled the take off of the flights towards Ludhiana from New Delhi in morning only with the view to avoid any inconvenience to the passengers in the Ludhiana city. Moreover the flights are landing late at the Sahnewal airport from the past few days due to poor visibility.The India meteorological department reports – “The recent rainfall has resulted into 2-4 degree Celsius fall in temperature and dry conditions are likely to prevail in coming days. Also the moderate foggy condition will prevail in morning and late evening.Road Safety Advisory by Dr Kamaljeet Soi, Vice Chairman- Punjab State Road Safety Council, Government of Punjab Fog has started claiming many lives due to road accidents this seasonalso. December and January are most dangerous road accident deaths, more than 25% accident deaths happens in these two months. Driving in heavy fog is like driving with a blindfold on.
However, the simple and safe solution is not always the most practical, so read on to find out what driving procedures should be followed in fog.
· When driving in fog, reduce your speed and turn on your headlights. Think about how far they can see and how long it will take you to stop.
· Keep an eye on your speedometer. Studies show that some drivers acclimate themselves to foggy conditions and unconsciously increase their speed over time.
Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and make sure your high beams aren’t turned on by accident. High beams direct light up into the fog, making it difficult for you to see.
· Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
· Don’t rely on your parking lights alone: they do little to increase your visibility in daytime fog.
· Don’t use your emergency flasher. Studies have shown that drivers are attracted to flashing lights and tend to drive into them inadvertently.
· Whatever you do, don’t turn off your headlights in heavy fog, even if they interfere with your forward visibility a little. Headlights are the only part of your vehicle that oncoming drivers can see at a distance.
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