How to Drive in Fog

As well as reducing visibility, fog causes drivers to lose the sensation of speed by muffling sounds and blotting out

As well as reducing visibility, fog causes drivers to lose the sensation of speed by muffling sounds and blotting out familiar landmarks. Use your lights to make sure that you are seen by other drivers and leave plenty of time and space for braking.
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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”Dip Your Lights” ] Drive with dipped headlights during the day or night. Sidelights are not bright enough and full-beam headlights dazzle because they reflect off the fog particles. Turn on your fog lights when visibility is seriously threatened.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”Slow Down” ] Reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance that you can see ahead. Do not accelerate if the car behind is too close. You could easily end up too close to the car in front.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”Keep Your Distance” ] Maintain at least a two-second gap with the car in front; three seconds in heavy fog. It is a mistake to get too close to the car in front in order to stay in sight of its tail lights; this is a major cause of multiple pile-ups.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”Turn Right With Care” ] Signal in good time, wind down the window completely and listen for traffic before crossing the other lane to turn right or at major junctions.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Precautions
• Know how to switch your fog lights on and off and when to use them.
• Drive with your window partly open to help you hear other traffic on the road, especially at junctions.
• Fog makes the roads more slippery so increase your stopping distance.
• Follow the curbside or near-side edge of the road as a guide to your road position.
• Switch on your windshield wipers and demisters to improve your vision.

Warning
• Fog is patchy and often comes in pockets so keep driving carefully even if you think you have hit clearer weather.
• Low-lying areas, valleys, and wooded areas on cool autumn and winter mornings are most susceptible to foggy conditions.
• If you have to pull over, try to ensure that you park off the road.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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