Driving in Fog
Environmental factors are some of the most important when it comes to driving. Bad weather or lighting conditions severely impact the safety of the roadways, and therefore the odds of getting into a life-altering car accident.
Possibly the most difficult type of environmental factor to drive in is fog. Fog reduces your visibility drastically, makes the roads slick, and presents other unique challenges to driving as well.
Here are several things to do if you ever find yourself driving through fog or mist, as well as several things to avoid:
DO increase your minimum distance from the cars in front of you. Giving yourself some extra space to recognize a dangerous situation, react to it, and then avoid it can make all the difference.
DO turn on your headlights, or low beams. These shine light downwards, onto the road, giving you slightly more visibility than you would have without them. This might not sound like much, but the real benefit is that it helps other cars see you. In the fog, objects are very blurry and difficult to make out so it is hard to determine where you are going. Headlights, however, cut through the fog like a beacon, letting other drivers know where you are.
DO NOT turn on your high beams, or “brights.” This shines light upwards, directly into the fog. Fog is difficult to see though when it is not being lit up by powerful lights. Putting your high beams on will blind you even more in the fog or mist.
DO slow down. Give yourself enough time to react to a hazard and stop before coming to it. You should always be able to come to a stop before reaching the point in the road at the end of your headlight’s beams.
DO NOT watch the centerline to stay on the road, if you are on a road with two-way traffic. This is more likely to keep you driving on the left side of your lane, close to oncoming traffic. Instead, watch the outside line, also called the fog line. This keeps you closer to the outside of your lane and away from a devastating head-on collision. The fog line is also going to be easier to see in the fog, because it is white, instead of yellow, like the centerline.
DO keep your wipers and defrost on. Keeping your windows clear is crucial when the outside is already difficult enough to see through.
Fog is one of the most dangerous road conditions, and is responsible for some of the most devastating road accidents every year because of how little visibility it affords drivers. If you get hurt in a fog-related car accident, Hancock Injury Attorneys is the law firm that you need to call. We have extensive experience getting injured drivers compensation from the person who caused the accident. Call Mike Hancock at (813) 915-1110 or contact us online today.