Navigating through fog can be very tricky and can even turn in to a hazardous
endeavor. The sad reality is that many motorists do not know how to properly
drive in foggy conditions. The dangers that are faced with the presence
of fog can be magnified by this lack of motorist knowledge, so we have
put together some great tips to keep in mind while navigating the foggy
roads and reduce your chances of car accident.
Reduce your speed – not matter the speed limit, it is very important to reduce your
speed when fog is present. Often, visibility is limited and exercising
extreme caution when going through foggy areas is necessary. Fog can often
trick a motorist into thinking they are going slower than they really
are. Use your speedometer as a guide and focus on the lines on the road
Never Stop! – Since visibility is very limited, it is important to never stop in the
middle of a roadway when fog is heavily present. If possible, avoid pulling
over on the shoulder of the roadway as well. These things could become
a major hazard and distract other motorists. If you must stop, get off
the roadway as far away as possible. Be sure to turn off your lights so
that other drivers are not distracted.
Headlights – When visibility is hindered, it is a natural tendency to activate your
high-beam headlights, but when navigating heavy fog using your low-beam
headlights allows for better visibility. Using your high-beams creates
a reflection that can be difficult to see through.
Use lines – Where possible, we suggest using the ridge side pavement lines
to guide you along the roadway. It’s better to avoid using the middle
lines for guidance because this may increase your risk of drifting too
far into the other oncoming lane of traffic.
Stay Focused – Always remember to stay focused while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Do not try and multi-task while navigating through fog. Turn down the
radio, remove all distractions and focus on the road and safety of you
and all travelers around you.
If you have been injured because of a fog-related car accident, please
give the attorneys at Jones & Swanson a call. For more tips on driving
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