DRIVERS have been asked to be careful while driving home today due to the thick fog.

A blanket fell upon the region overnight and has returned this afternoon.

The Met Office has said the fog is set to last until around midnight.

Here are some top tips from the RAC to stay safe while driving in the fog.

  • Before entering fog, you should check your mirrors, then slow down.
  • Maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front, you could increase the gap to four seconds from the recommended two.
  • Make sure to use your wipers and to keep your windscreen demisted to aid visibility.
  • If the word ‘fog’ is shown on a signal, but the road is clear, be prepared for a sudden bank of fog or drifting, patchy fog.
  • Use your lights if visibility is reduced to 100 metres (328 feet) or roughly the length of a football pitch.
  • Make sure you know where your fog-light switch is before you set off.
  • Do not use full beam, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.
  • Do not attempt to navigate using the tail lights of the car in front, as these can give a false sense of security.
  • If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic.
  • If you really cannot see, you should consider stopping until it is safe to continue.