LIGHTS ON: This picture shows the importance of turning on lights while driving in the fog.
LIGHTS ON: This picture shows the importance of turning on lights while driving in the fog. Craig Warhurst

One of the the foggiest days of the year on Gympie roads

GYMPIE drivers needed to look hard and increase their visibility yesterday morning, as the city and nearby areas experienced one of our foggiest mornings of the year so far.

"Turn your lights on," was the most fundamental advice from Gympie police yesterday.

But officer in charge Gregg Davey said there was more to it than that.

Drivers needed to see, be seen and take every precaution they could, he said.

"Fog presents significant risks to drivers in several respects," he said.

"It's important for motorists to take every precaution.

"That includes turning on your headlights, driving at reduced speed and heightening your level of observation.

"I found it frustrating this morning driving to work, because cars without headlights on were really hard to see until the very last moment.

"But there are other dangers too, besides visibility problems and other things drivers should do.

"Foggy conditions are also very wet, with a heavy dew that can moisten the road surface.

"Drivers need to reduce speed for that reason also.

"And there can be other visibility problems, with condensation on mirrors and windows and misting on the inside surfaces.

"Drivers should make sure they have wiped down windows and outside mirrors and de-misted inside window and windscreen surfaces before they leave home," he said.

This picture, looking south from River Rd shows that even McDonald's was invisible, as were cars without lights on.

Gympie Times


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