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Driving In Fog

Fog is very dangerous to drive in. It can be just as dangerous, or even more dangerous, than driving on ice and snow. However, many people do not understand how truly dangerous driving in this condition is. To keep you and your loved ones safe, understanding how to safely drive in fog is very important. This article will share a few tips on how to safely drive in foggy conditions. 

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1. Avoid Driving In Fog

The best way to safely drive in foggy conditions is to not drive at all. Stay at home if you can. Sometimes driving in undesirable weather conditions cannot be avoided. Checking the weather ahead of time before planning to drive is the best way to make sure you are only driving in safe conditions. The same goes for snow, ice, rain or other poor driving conditions. If this is not an option for you, then the rest of the tips may be helpful to you. 

2. Turning On Your Lights

It is extremely important to turn on your headlights in the fog. You may not be able to see better with your headlights on, but those lights are important for other drivers to see you.

Should you use your high beams in fog? When it is foggy out, many people think that turning on their high beams will help their visibility. While high beams can increase visibility in other scenarios, it is not always beneficial in fog. Rather than increasing visibility with high beams, dense fog can decrease visibility. 

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3. Increase Distance

Keeping at least 3 seconds between you and the car in front of you is a best practice in perfect driving conditions. When weather affects visibility or traction, drivers must allow more space between their car and the car in front of them. When your vision is obstructed, you may not be able to see or react to the cars in front of you.

Cars in front of you may suddenly stop or slow down. Additionally, your ability to brake may be negatively impacted by moist roads. In any case, having a good amount of distance between you and other cars on the road will keep you safer.

4. Maintain A Safe Speed

Driving slower in foggy conditions is imperative for your safety. You want to be driving extra cautiously due to your impacted vision and control. The posted speed is the limit for perfect driving conditions. You should never drive faster than you can safely see and stop. In foggy conditions, slow down and stay safe.

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5. Reduce Distractions

Distracted driving reduces your reaction time. The danger of distracted driving is exponentially higher when there is bad weather or poor visibility. If you are driving in fog it is very important to remain focused only on the road. Looking away from the road should never happen while you are driving. In fog, you may also want to lower the radio to hear any potential hazards. 

Car Accident Due To Fog

If you or a loved one is injured by another driver in fog or other poor weather conditions, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Haggerty and Silverman, we want to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation with an injury attorney.