The Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding all motorists to be extra careful this time of year and to anticipate late evening and early morning fog conditions, as we have seen in the past two days.
It will be 16 years since the fiery crash on September 3, 1999, on Highway 401 that claimed the lives of 8 people and injured 45 after 87 vehicles collided in dense fog.
Chatham-Kent OPP would like to offer motorists safe driving tips when encountering foggy weather conditions:
– Check the weather before you head out on the road
– Drive with your vehicle’s front and rear lights ON
– Keep your radio off so you can hear other vehicles and what is happening around you
– Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you
-Reduce your speed
– Use your 4 way flashers if you’re travelling below the speed limit
Day time running lights only assist other motorist observing you from the front of the vehicle, but the rear of the vehicle also needs to be illuminated.
With the Chatham-Kent area being a large farming community, it is also very important to be aware of slow moving vehicles and farm equipment on the roadways.