Driving in fog can be a daunting experience, limiting your visibility and increasing the risk of accidents. Just recently, a so-called “super fog” that descended on the highway near New Orleans led to a pile-up of 168 vehicles, leaving eight people dead and at least 63 injured.
When thick fog blankets the road, it’s crucial to take extra precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Here are some reminders.
One of the most crucial steps when driving in fog is to slow down. Reduced visibility means less time to react to unexpected obstacles or changes in traffic conditions.
Increase your following distance
In foggy conditions, it’s challenging to see the vehicle in front of you, so increase your following distance. Allow at least a five-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you to give yourself ample time to brake or maneuver if there’s a problem.
Use your low beams (not your high)
It’s tempting to throw on your high beams, but high beams can actually blind you and others when the light reflects off the moisture in the fog. Do use your low beams (or fog lights if you have them) to make your vehicle more visible.
Turn on your defroster and wipers
The moisture in fog can coat your windshield and make visibility even worse. You can combat it through the judicious use of your defrosters and windshield wipers.
Keep to your lane
Fog can disorient even the most experienced drivers. It’s essential to avoid making sudden lane changes and use the painted lane markings as a guide. If you need to change lanes, do so carefully and signal well in advance.
Driving in fog requires your full attention. Avoid distractions like using your phone, adjusting the radio, or engaging in conversations with passengers. The more focused you are, the better your chances of reacting to potential dangers.
Think about pulling over
If the fog becomes too dense and you feel unsafe, consider pulling over to a safe location and turning on your hazard lights. Sometimes it’s best to wait until visibility improves rather than taking a risk.
If you’re in a collision on a foggy road, the situation can get complicated – especially if there are multiple vehicles involved. Legal guidance can help you get fair compensation for your losses.