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Foggy conditions in the Big Country? Here are some ways to stay safe behind the wheel

TYE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Most people have to drive, but driving in fog can be tricky. Heavy fog reduces visibility and can potentially create dangerous situations for drivers. KRBC morning meteorologist Clemente Morales said fog is more common in the winter months as the weather quickly changes from warm temperatures in the morning to cold at night.

“We have the contrast in those temperatures, that’s when we’re probably going to see more of those types of situations happen. When you’ve had the hot conditions that we’ve had recently, then all of a sudden it gets colder at night,” Morales explained.

Morales also shared that wind speed plays a role in fog creation.

“When those wind speeds are gentle and calm, nature is at its calmest. That’s when you’re likely to see more of a foggy-type situation,” Morales said.

Weather-related incidents are often observed by the Tye Volunteer Fire Station. With the fire station being just off I-20, the fire station is often one of the first on the scene to respond to incidents in the I-20 area of ​​Tye. Public information officer Justin Burgess said he was posting winter driving safety tips on social media to promote safe driving. This year alone they have responded to 16 traffic collisions in Tye.

“About 40% of that happened under suboptimal conditions,” Burgess said.

Burgess said if you must drive in fog, the best thing to do is to reduce your speed and be aware of your surroundings.

“Leave your house early to get to your destination, so you can drive slower and be safer. Don’t use your high beams, because high beams will only make things worse. It’s going to put up a, basically like a wall, in front of you of light,” Burgess explained.

Visit the National Weather Services website for more fog driving tips.


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