Not everyone knows how to drive safely in fog. The reduced visibility is hazardous, so motorists need to be extra careful. Even the most experienced ones can be fooled by the dense mist that tricks them into causing accidents. The safest solution is to stay off the roads, but if that is not an option, here are ways to navigate it with less risk to yourself and others.
The first tip is to adjust the radio station controls to find a traffic report. It always makes sense to listen to these, even when the weather seems to cooperate. It is best to be prepared if you are commuting to work or taking a long drive in case there is fog along the way.
Foggy conditions mandate a few adjustments to your vehicle before you put it into drive and head out onto the road. Start cleaning your windows because any dirt or debris will also impact visibility. Next, turn on your defroster since high humidity often accompanies fog. Switch the heat setting to match the outside temperature – turn it up if it is hot out. Do not turn on the air conditioner, and open the windows slightly.
Turn the windshield wipers on a low setting, even if it is not raining. The moisture in the air can fog things up and make it harder to see. Last and perhaps most importantly, resist the urge to turn on the high beams. These reflect off the water particles in the fog, making it seem thicker. Use low-beam lights instead of high beams.
Poor weather conditions always call for slower speeds, and fog is no exception. Increase the following distance behind other vehicles and leave extra room on both sides. The markings on the right side of the road can be used as a guide, and that can prevent drifting into other lanes. Watch for reflective road signs, as they can keep you going in the right direction.
Do not use cruise control when driving in fog because it takes away driver control. Besides that, you might be distracted by it and will end up slowing down, stopping, or speeding up.
Minimize other distractions that can also take attention away from the task at hand. Avoid cell phones, looking in the mirror, and fixing your hair or makeup.
Many people believe they can drive safely in foggy conditions. However, you cannot control the actions of other motorists. If you have been injured in a crash, speak with an experienced Wilmington car accident lawyer at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. For a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.