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Foggy day is considered to be the most dangerous weather for driving, especially the severe inclement weather that is compounded with fog, snow, or... Some Tips For Driving In Fog

Foggy day is considered to be the most dangerous weather for driving, especially the severe inclement weather that is compounded with fog, snow, or some other substance that reduces visibility. Fog conditions often cause a lot of traffic accident. Here, I can give you some tips to reduce your risk of a crash.


Foggy day


The first one, you have to fight your subconscious. Many people will make a mistake when they are driving in the dense foggy day. They will unconsciously speed up because of the nervousness. As you look out your windshield, you body perceives that you are driving very slowly. Since most people become nervous in fog, they don’t look down at their speedometer. Over time, they begin going faster and faster. This is the most dangerous situation occurring in fog day when driving. You have to concentrate all the attention and glance at your speedometer every now and then, which can ensure your safety.


The second one, you have to keep your headlights on when driving in foggy conditions. Many people are accustomed to turn their lights off as they feel their headlights are blinding them from reflecting off the fog. However, once you turn off your headlight, you can’t see the surface of the road better, some other drivers even can’t see your and might inevitably hit your car. Hence, staying visible to other is very important for driving in fog. If your car is equipped with fog lights, keep them on too. Please note that you have to stop using your high beam headlights in foggy conditions. Because they will reflect off the water vapor and actually decrease your visibility.


Safe driving


The next one, make sure you stay in the safest position. Drivers are typically attracted to lights, and subconsciously, will steer toward lights. So it is a good idea to follow the lines on the road with your eyes, which can ensure you stay in the lane. Moreover, you have to increase your following distance. Most drivers tend to “bunch up” during foggy conditions because they feel it is easier to see. Driving in fog is scary, but now is not the time to follow too close. That’s one of the big reasons massive pile-up’s occur.


The last one, you can find a suitable place to park your car until the fog lifts. Sometimes, foggy conditions become too thick to drive safely. If you find that you’re exceeding your comfort zone, it might be best to stop your car. Try to get as far off the road as possible. Pull into a driveway, parking lot, rest area, side street, or any other place where you can get away from heavy traffic flow. Dense fog usually doesn’t last a long time. The fog may not completely go away, but stopping for a while should buy you some time and allow the fog to lift a bit.

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