Handy Tips for Safely Driving in Fog

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Good visibility is a key factor for drivers to stay safe on the road. However, fog, one of the most dangerous weather conditions, has the potential to reduce visibility to make driving difficult and contribute to the accidents.
Sometimes, fog comes suddenly without notice. No matter you are a new or experienced driver, when entering fog, two basic safety measures you can take first to ensure your safety, both are to slow down and turn your dipped beam headlight on. The fog leads to limited visibility. By slowing down your speed, you can have more time to react if traffic stops suddenly or other hazards appear. As fog consists of visible tiny water droplets that would spread and reflect light, in order to help other drivers to see you, dipped beam headlight should be turned on but not high beam as the fog reflects the light back at you. Additionally, be patient, sensible and cautious, you can minimize the chances of having an accident when driving through fog.
Also, here are some tips for helping motorists to enhance the abilities to deal with foggy conditions and know how to be safer to drive in fog.

the word 'fog' is shown on a signal, be careful and prepare for entering a bank of fog
Only drive if necessary.

Driving in fog is very dangerous. If your journey is not really that important or urgent, it is better to stay in or wait for the fog to clear before you set out.

Before leaving, you should check your mirrors and lights.

Before leaving, make sure that your mirrors and windscreen both are clean and clear. Try and check the headlights on both sides are working and be sure that you know where your low-beam switch is.

Use fog lights only if the fog is severe.

All cars come with rear fog lights and some cars also come with front fog lamps. No matter rear lamps or front ones, both are should be off until the fog is thick enough to turn on. Remember that don’t turn your fog lamps on any earlier than you need to and turn them off as soon as possible when the fog is clear as they will dazzle the drivers behind and in front of you.

Driving in the dense fog, the visibility is severely limited. Listen and stay focused on the road.

Listen and stay focused on the road.

Driving in the dense fog, the visibility is severely limited, that is just like driving with a blindfold. In order to safely navigate through the fog, use your ears and keep your attention fully on the road. For you to listen carefully and have a better idea of what’s coming, it is better to turn off your radio and phone as well as roll down the windows a little.

Keep a sensible distance between your car and the car in front.

In dense fog, the visibility drops obviously that means you may have no idea of the environment outside of the car. Therefore, you should leave more room to react if things went wrong or any sudden stops occur.

turn on your heater and use wipers while driving in the fog

Turn on your heater as well as use wipers.

Foggy condition is likely going to be cool, which means that condition may cause condensation inside and form without your noticing. Turn on the heater, particularly the windscreen de-misting function, can help to keep your screen clear and use the wipers to let you have better effect on visibility.
If you really cannot see, do not stop sharply or change the lane suddenly. It is quite dangerous as the motorists behind you may not have seen you and that might cause them to crash into you. The better way to deal with the foggy condition is slow down and steer off the roadway as far as possible or pull into the next service station to wait for the fog to clear.
Keep these handy tips in mind and follow the simple rules, you can stay safe and minimize the risk of accidents while driving in the fog.
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