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It did not need a glance at the weather forecast to know that Peterborough was shrouded in freezing fog today – not that it bothered many of these drivers.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictures with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

 

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

CambsNews was astonished to see how few drivers bothered with lights despite every suggestion that maybe it would make sense.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Visibility was hampered by the fog and but there was little enthusiasm for drivers remembering to switch on their lights.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

For the benefit of CambsNews readers – and hopefully for the police car also spotted without lights – here is the rules for driving in fog from the Highway Code

In the space of 10 minutes on Fletton Parkway multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Fletton Parkway A1139, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Before entering fog check your mirrors then slow down.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

If ‘Fog’ is shown on a sign but the road is clear, be prepared for a bank of fog or drifting patchy fog ahead. Even if it seems to be clearing, you can suddenly find yourself in thick fog.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Rule 235

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

When driving in fog you should

  • use your lights as required (see Rule 226)
  • keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security
  • be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster
  • use your windscreen wipers and demisters
  • beware of other drivers not using headlights
  • not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you
  • check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down
  • stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.

Rule 236

You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced (see Rule 226) as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

In the space of 10 minutes on Bourges Boulevard multiple cars are pictured with no lights on in foggy conditions,
Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough
Tuesday 13 December 2022.
Picture by Terry Harris.

Law RVLR regs 25 & 27

 

 

 

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