If you are asked if you know how to drive in fog, chances are you will answer “of course.” Driving in fog is no different than driving on a clear morning. Or is it? There is more to driving in fog safely than simply turning in your fog lights. Read on to discover how you can avoid car accidents when you are driving in such low visibility conditions.
1. Keep Your Distance
The normal count between vehicles is 2 seconds. This means that if a vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object, like a light pole, it should take you 2 seconds more to pass that same object. Increase your distance to 5 seconds when you are driving through fog. This will give you enough time to see the vehicle ahead of you stop and allow you to do the same.
2. Use Fog Lights
If your vehicle is equipped with fog lights, turn them on. Fog lights are positioned in such a way that they light the road ahead of you without beaming straight into the fog. Experiment with your headlights. If keeping them on allows you to see into the fog, keep them on. If the light is bouncing back into your eyes, use your fog lights by themselves.
3. Watch Out for Animals
Drive cautiously as you go through the fog, keeping an eye out for animals in the road. The cover of fog makes animals feel brave. They are more likely to bolt out into the road when they feel as though they are protected. Drive slowly and stay aware of what is happening around your vehicle.
4. Keep High Beams Off
It can be tempting to use your high beams, thinking that you will be able to see further ahead. This is untrue. When you use high beams in fog, the light bounces right back into your eyes, making it more difficult to see. Keep the high beams off.
5. Pull Over
Don’t drive through thick fog if you can’t see more than a couple of feet in front of your car. It is incredibly dangerous to do so, and you run a great risk of being involved in a car accident. If you can’t see, pull over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights to make your vehicle visible to others.
Driving through fog is not a difficult thing to do when you take a few extra precautions. If you encounter unavoidable fog, follow these tips above to avoid being involved in a collision.
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