Fog makes early-morning commute hazardous

This Is Wiltshire: A Fiat Punto overturned on Brimble Hill, Wroughton, after the driver swerved to avoid a deer. Picture: ALEX SKENNERTON A Fiat Punto overturned on Brimble Hill, Wroughton, after the driver swerved to avoid a deer. Picture: ALEX SKENNERTON

DRIVERS faced a particularly difficult commute to work yesterday morning because of heavy fog.

Police warned motorists to take care in the morning’s fog after two incidents thought to be related to poor visibility before 8.30am.

The first took place on the A419 southbound slip road at the Commonhead roundabout at around 7am when a Peugoet 307 collided with a Mercedes Sprinter van.

No one was injured in the crash but one of the vehicles blocked the road until it was cleared at 8.30am.

Another incident saw a Fiat Punto overturned on Brimble Hill, Wroughton, at 8.15am as the driver swerved to avoid a deer.

He escaped with no injuries.

A police spokesman said it was unknown if this was directly related to the weather but warned motorists to drive with caution.

He said: “We urge drivers to drive safely, be aware of braking distances and ensure their car is in good working order, including all lights.”

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6:54am Fri 14 Mar 14

Bruce_almighty says...

Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people
Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people Bruce_almighty
  • Score: 10

8:05am Fri 14 Mar 14

Bruce_almighty says...

Bruce_almighty wrote:
Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people
and this morning (14/3/14)
[quote][p][bold]Bruce_almighty[/bold] wrote: Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people[/p][/quote]and this morning (14/3/14) Bruce_almighty
  • Score: 8

9:12am Fri 14 Mar 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back
I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 7

9:36am Fri 14 Mar 14

scottwichall says...

Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back
There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash.

As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back[/p][/quote]There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash. As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now. scottwichall
  • Score: 6

9:59am Fri 14 Mar 14

PaulD says...

I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.
I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you. PaulD
  • Score: 6

10:21am Fri 14 Mar 14

Amberflame says...

PaulD wrote:
I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.
You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse.
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.[/p][/quote]You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse. Amberflame
  • Score: 2

10:47am Fri 14 Mar 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

scottwichall wrote:
Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back
There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash.

As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now.
I never get this mentality, there's potentially a £30 fixed penalty for each light not working. If money was really a reason they could make a mint.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back[/p][/quote]There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash. As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now.[/p][/quote]I never get this mentality, there's potentially a £30 fixed penalty for each light not working. If money was really a reason they could make a mint. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 4

11:15am Fri 14 Mar 14

The Real Librarian says...

PaulD wrote:
I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.
Personlly I think it is just that some people are utterly thick
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.[/p][/quote]Personlly I think it is just that some people are utterly thick The Real Librarian
  • Score: 6

11:18am Fri 14 Mar 14

The Real Librarian says...

Bruce_almighty wrote:
Bruce_almighty wrote: Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people
and this morning (14/3/14)
I was nearly wiped out by the driver of a Silver car emerging from the fog on Old Vicarage Lane, bowling down the middle of the road and not a light to be seen.

Cheers Moron.
[quote][p][bold]Bruce_almighty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bruce_almighty[/bold] wrote: Whilst driving to work yesterday morning (13/3/14) I noticed a few cars without lights on at all, crazy people[/p][/quote]and this morning (14/3/14)[/p][/quote]I was nearly wiped out by the driver of a Silver car emerging from the fog on Old Vicarage Lane, bowling down the middle of the road and not a light to be seen. Cheers Moron. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Fri 14 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

scottwichall wrote:
Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back
There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash.

As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now.
I think you will find that was tongue in cheek towards all those complete morons who didn't bother to switch their lights on. No sympathy for anyone who doesn't put their lights on and gets hit, just the others who have to share the same road.
[quote][p][bold]scottwichall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: I travel the M4 and its amazing just how many cars have blown bulbs front and back[/p][/quote]There was a time when our friends in the Constabulary would have been all over people with faulty lights like a rash. As there is no money in it for them compared to billing people doing 2 mph over the speed limit we know where the priorities lie now.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that was tongue in cheek towards all those complete morons who didn't bother to switch their lights on. No sympathy for anyone who doesn't put their lights on and gets hit, just the others who have to share the same road. house on the hill
  • Score: 0

5:02pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Maxwell'79 says...

Not so long ago I was driving down Great Western Way around 9pm and a car overtook me with one working faulty headlight, no rear lights working and one brake light. The car was steamed up too so the driver couldn't even use mirrors properly. We stopped at the M4 roundabout and a police car saw the car in question, pointed briefly at it as they drove past onto the motorway and then we all moved off. Literally the worst vehicle I've seen on the road and it was also spotted by the police and yet they didn't do a thing. Makes me wonder if the driver even had tax, an MOT or insurance. Shocking.
Not so long ago I was driving down Great Western Way around 9pm and a car overtook me with one working faulty headlight, no rear lights working and one brake light. The car was steamed up too so the driver couldn't even use mirrors properly. We stopped at the M4 roundabout and a police car saw the car in question, pointed briefly at it as they drove past onto the motorway and then we all moved off. Literally the worst vehicle I've seen on the road and it was also spotted by the police and yet they didn't do a thing. Makes me wonder if the driver even had tax, an MOT or insurance. Shocking. Maxwell'79
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Raef Barnes says...

Amberflame wrote:
PaulD wrote:
I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.
You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse.
Dear oh dear. Fog lights are more of a hazard than a help to other drivers. If you can see the headlights of the car behind you in your rear view mirror then there is no need whatsoever to have your rear fog lights on. And as for front fog lights, unless driving in extremely thick fog at night, they're nothing more than fashion accessories.

Fair enough have your 'normal' lights on but fog lights? No need.
[quote][p][bold]Amberflame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.[/p][/quote]You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse.[/p][/quote]Dear oh dear. Fog lights are more of a hazard than a help to other drivers. If you can see the headlights of the car behind you in your rear view mirror then there is no need whatsoever to have your rear fog lights on. And as for front fog lights, unless driving in extremely thick fog at night, they're nothing more than fashion accessories. Fair enough have your 'normal' lights on but fog lights? No need. Raef Barnes
  • Score: 1

12:47am Sat 15 Mar 14

madreeves says...

Raef Barnes wrote:
Amberflame wrote:
PaulD wrote:
I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.
You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse.
Dear oh dear. Fog lights are more of a hazard than a help to other drivers. If you can see the headlights of the car behind you in your rear view mirror then there is no need whatsoever to have your rear fog lights on. And as for front fog lights, unless driving in extremely thick fog at night, they're nothing more than fashion accessories.

Fair enough have your 'normal' lights on but fog lights? No need.
I agree. It's so annoying driving around town at night with idiots coming towards you with their front fogs on, for no other reason than they think it looks cool. Another pet hate of mine are drivers with one blown headlight who drive around with the other one on high beam to compensate - confusing AND blinding.
[quote][p][bold]Raef Barnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Amberflame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: I wonder if there is a common misconception with some drivers that their lights are only there to help them see ahead, rather than to let others see you.[/p][/quote]You're more of an optimist than me then, as i see them as idiots! How can any driver not know that you need to use fog lights, front and rear in weather like this. Not only for your own visibility but to help other road users. And not only drivers but pedestrians need to be able to see you and more importantly, you need to be able to see them. There's no excuse.[/p][/quote]Dear oh dear. Fog lights are more of a hazard than a help to other drivers. If you can see the headlights of the car behind you in your rear view mirror then there is no need whatsoever to have your rear fog lights on. And as for front fog lights, unless driving in extremely thick fog at night, they're nothing more than fashion accessories. Fair enough have your 'normal' lights on but fog lights? No need.[/p][/quote]I agree. It's so annoying driving around town at night with idiots coming towards you with their front fogs on, for no other reason than they think it looks cool. Another pet hate of mine are drivers with one blown headlight who drive around with the other one on high beam to compensate - confusing AND blinding. madreeves
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