With dense fog in northern India throwing normal life out of gear and cause all sorts of traffic issues for some days now, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), the public transport unit, on Friday issued an advisory for the general public to cope with the dense fog and low visibility.

In the 15-point advisory, the CTU advised commuters to avoid unnecessary travel , drive slowly when there is low visibility, use blinker lights and reflectors to avoid untoward accidents. It also suggested drivers to park their vehicles in proper parking lots , avoid use of cell phones while driving.

In the case of dense fog, the advisory suggested drivers to use fog lamps and low light beam as the high beam get reflected back in fog. Use the white marking and right edge of the road for guidance, it said adding that drivers should give proper signal while taking a turn.”Be patient, and watch for stalled or slow moving vehicles in front of you,” it said.

The advisory also suggested that drivers should keep heater on to avoid condensation inside and reduce possible ‘in car’ distractions. “Heavy fog and low visibility calls for careful driving so avoid overtaking , stopping or parking vehicle on the road and if you do so always keep the blinkers on,” the advisory said. Keep the car manufacturer’s roadside assistance number with you in your car, it added.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), in past 24 hours, the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.1 degree Celsius which was three degree below normal and the minimum temperature was 14.4 degree Celsius which was six degrees below normal. As per the IMD forecast for the coming week, while the fog and mist will continue in the morning, the minimum and maximum temperature will between 6 degree Celsius and 19 degree Celsius.