Visibility is a lot lower in fog, which can make for a dangerous driving situation. While fog can contribute to a vehicle accident, unsafe driving practices in the fog are key contributing factors as well.
If you need to reach your destination and can't stay off the road until fog conditions improve, follow this advice while driving. It may help prevent an auto accident and the need to file an auto insurance claim.
Use Common Sense When Driving
Whenever you drive in thick fog, reduce your driving speed. Driving even at the normal speed limits posted can be dangerous. Keep an eye on the speedometer. Fog can make you feel like you're driving slower than you are, and you may begin to speed up — maybe without even realizing it. Also, maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front and watch out for other drivers who are slowing down or stopping.
If you can, take an alternate route, such as side streets where traffic normally travels slower than on the highway or freeway. A side street is a safer place to park away from traffic if the fog gets so heavy that you can't see other vehicles or hazards on the roadway. You may decide to pull off until the fog begins to lift.
If you're driving on the highway and fog prevents you from seeing far in the distance, follow the lines on the road can help you stay in your lane. Follow the white line on the shoulder side (right edge) of the road. You can drift toward oncoming traffic if you follow the middle line. Stay in your lane and don’t try to pass vehicles driving ahead, as other drivers may not be able to see you changing lanes.
Keep a Clear Windshield
Use your windshield wipers to keep your windshield clear of moisture that accumulates there. Clean windshield glass can help your windshield glass from fogging. A dirty windshield attracts moisture particles that adhere more easily.
Since warm air also attracts moisture, turn up the AC to make the temperature on the inside of your vehicle colder than the temperature outside. This helps get rid of moisture that collects on the inside of your windshield by making the air dry.
Use the Appropriate Vehicle Lighting
Avoid the use of your vehicle's high-beam headlights, which will reduce your visibility more by reflecting light off the drops of water in fog, causing glare. Instead, use low-beam headlights when driving through fog, even in the daylight hours. Although low-beam lights may not improve your own visibility much, they help other drivers on the roadway see you.
Another way to help vehicles following behind see you better is to turn on your flashers. If your vehicle has fog lights, use them. Aim them low to help you see the road and not blind oncoming drivers. Signal any turns and brake in plenty of time when slowing or stopping so that the driver behind has fair warning of your intention.
Reduce Distractions While Driving
Because you need to be extra cautious and stay focused on the road when driving in dangerous weather conditions like fog, take steps to reduce distractions. Turn off the radio, your phone, and other electronic mobile devices that travel with you.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving increases the risk of becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident. Therefore, avoid actions that require you to take your eyes off the road and your mind off your driving.
For answers to questions about auto insurance coverage for weather-related accidents due to poor driving conditions, contact Rowell Insurance Agency. Our staff can explain the coverage options available to protect you against fog and other risks that can make some vehicle accidents less avoidable.