Posted on: Sep. 14, 2017 in Driving, Safety

New and seasoned drivers alike can find it difficult to drive in fog. It may seem like it’s not a big deal, but fog, especially dense fog, can be quite dangerous. While fog is nothing more than a cloud made up of water droplets or ice crystals hanging very close to the ground, it can severely reduce visibility on the road.


Whether you’ve never encountered fog or just want to brush up on your driving skills, here are the three things you need to know about driving in fog.

  1. Slow down and stay back. In typical fog, drivers can only see about 328 feet ahead of them which is means you might not see a person, animal, or another vehicle in the road until it’s too late. You won’t have enough time to stop if you’re driving at a regular speed. Also, make sure to leave more than enough room between you and the car ahead (at least three seconds apart). If the other driver stops short, this will give you more time to react. When fog is especially thick, you may want to avoid driving altogether until visibility is better. If you do decide to pull over, make sure you’re clear of travel lanes and not someplace where other drivers could hit you.
  2. Use your headlights. Even if it’s not necessarily dark out, putting your lights on will help you see and be seen. Other drivers will be alerted to your presence on the road. Avoid using your high-beams, however. The light will reflect off the water droplets in the air and make it even harder for you to see.
  3. Have one singular focus: driving. You should always keep your eyes and focus on the road, but fog is especially not the time to be doing other things! Turn down the radio, ask passengers to keep it down, and roll down your window to better hear what’s going on outside around you.

When there’s fog, there’s increased chance of debris in the road, black ice, and other hazards. Remember that not all drivers will follow these safety tips, meaning there’s a higher risk that others will hit you or cause an accident ahead. Stay alert to all possible situations and arrive where you’re headed safely.

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