SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVING IN FOG
Posted on: Nov. 09, 2016 in Driving, Safety, Weather

Driving in fog can be quite dangerous, even for the most experienced drivers. Fog is basically a cloud made up of water droplets or ice crystals that hangs very close to the ground. Reduced visibility can create extremely hazardous conditions so it’s important to know the right steps to take to maximize your safety.

First, slow down. The typical sight-range in fog is around 328 feet -- not that far! If something or someone is in the roadway and you’re driving at a normal rate, you’ll likely not notice until you don’t have adequate stopping time. In fact, it may be best to get off the road and park out of the way until the fog lifts.

Also, contrary to popular belief, you should not use your brights, also known as high-beams. All those little droplets of water will reflect the light actually making it more difficult to see. However, even if it’s daytime, do turn on your low-beam headlights so that other drivers are able to see you.

While it’s always best to keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you, it’s especially important in fog. Remember, everyone’s visibility is reduced. If the cars ahead must stop short, you’ll be glad you have the extra room!

If it’s cold where you are, watch out for black ice. Again, fog is made of water, so if the droplets fall to the ground they could freeze making a dangerous situation worse. Be prepared to use your windshield wipers and/or your defroster and adjust them as necessary.

When it’s hard to see, you run the risk of drifting out of your lane. Following the taillights of the car in front of you can be misleading since they, too, can be drifting. Instead, use the right side of the road as your guide to track your positioning.

Finally, reduce all distractions. Turn down the music, ask your passengers to quiet down and focus on the road. Definitely don’t pick up that phone! Once you’re out of the fog, there will be plenty of time for chatting and singing along to the radio. (You still shouldn’t pick up that phone though!)

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