7 Tips for Driving in Fog

January 11th, 2016 by Alex Feigenbaum Categories: Business No Responses

 

One of the most difficult weather conditions to drive in is fog. With some weather predictions alluding to foggy conditions in the coming weeks, we thought it only best to pass on some best practice tips on how to combat the difficulties fog can throw your way.

Car driving in Fog

Statistically, fog is the most dangerous driving hazard there is. The first rule is fairly obvious: slow down and turn your lights on. Think about how far ahead you can see, how far other drivers can see in front of them, and how long it will take you to stop. Keep an eye on your speedometer. Studies show that some drivers acclimate themselves to foggy conditions quite rapidly and unconsciously increase their speed over time. Make sure that you can be seen and aren’t going too quickly to react in the fog.

  • Keep your minimum safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions. With the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially; we’d suggest 6 to 9 seconds.
  • Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and can help other drivers to see you.
  • If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you’re there but won’t think you are driving on the road.
  • Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
  • Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a slow, constant speed.
  • Remember that other drivers have a limited sight distance and that fog can leave roadways slick. So, be sure to signal early, and when you use your brakes, don’t stomp on them.

 

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