Foggy conditions are typical of the spring and autumn, but not unexpected during other times of the year, like winter. The general advice tends to be to not drive too fast and to keep assured clear distance between vehicles to avoid accidents. But what exactly are you exposed to when driving in the fog?
Driving in the fog is the equivalent to driving blindly. In comparison to all other driving hazards, driving in the fog ranks number one for danger. We understand that it is not always practical to avoid driving altogether, and many times, a person is forced to drive in the fog. If you find yourself having to drive in foggy roads, follow these safety tips:
- Slow Down!
Although you may believe that you know what is hidden in the fog, you cannot fully anticipate hidden dangers such as a car that has come to a full stop due to a mechanical issue or debris on the road. If you wait to slam on your breaks until you are too close, you are certain to put yourself and others at risk. Stay aware of your speed, as it is easy to believe you are “going with the flow” when in reality you may be going faster than you should be going.
- Lights On –But Not ALL Lights!
Turn on your fog lights, but also ensure that you do not have your high beams on. High beams direct light up into the fog and become an impediment for your vision. Low beams shed light down onto the road and assist other drivers to see you. However, do not use your emergency flasher. Studies show that drivers become easily distracted by flashing lights and tend to drive into them on accident. Also, be mindful of your break lights. If you need to stop or slow down, do it carefully rather than suddenly hitting your breaks and disrupting other drivers behind you which may lead to a collision.
- Don’t Stop In The Middle Of The Road
If you stop in the middle of the road, you are almost guaranteed to get hit from behind. If for whatever reason you must stop, pull over to the shoulder, as far right as you can to keep your car the furthest distance possible from the road. As mentioned above, be mindful of your break lights. If you need to stop or slow down, do it carefully rather than suddenly hitting your breaks and disrupting other drivers behind you which may lead to a car accident.
- Follow the Right Edge
When driving, avoid guiding yourself by the center diving line. If you do that, you may run into oncoming traffic or become distracted by headlights of oncoming cars. Instead, use the right edge of the road also known as fog line as a guide.
- Clean Windshield
Always use your defroster and windshield wipers in foggy conditions to ensure increased visibility. After all, fog is made up on condensed water droplets a/k/a water!
We hope you stay safe out there. But if you get into an accident while driving in the fog, call us at 512-537-3369.