Safe driving is all you need to do while you are behind the steering wheel. Safe driving becomes all the more important when it comes to driving a vehicle in fog because visibility becomes very poor during such foggy conditions. You have to be very careful when there is fog around your vehicle and when you are not able to see properly the road in front.
Here are a few important tips to be used during fog:
Drive Slow and Be Safe:
Driving your car slow means you are on the safer side. Safe driving will definitely help you a lot when visibility is poor around you due to foggy conditions. The biggest mistake on your part during such conditions would be to jeopardize your life by accelerating your car unnecessarily as that may turn out to be life-threatening. By making your car run slow on the road, you will not only keep yourself safe from any untoward happening, but it will also ensure the safety of others who are walking along the road or maybe sitting in the vehicles around you.
Low Beam Lights Ensures Safety for All:
During such foggy conditions, make sure that the headlights of your car are on low beam. Never make the blunder of driving your car with high beam headlights turned on as they may dazzle the eyes of drivers coming from the opposite direction. Moreover, the fog reflects the light that may obstruct your own view which can put you in peril.
‘Stay at Home’ Rule:
The best way during such conditions is to drive only if it is unavoidable. If you can manage to stay at home, that will be the best possible option for you from the viewpoint of your safety. You’d better wait for the fog to dispel and drive only when the visibility improves. The best and wisest way of avoiding peril is not to face it.
Maintain Distance from Other Vehicles:
Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front will help you when the car in front stops suddenly due to visibility issue. In that case, you will get sufficient time to react and stop your car. But if you are following the car in front too closely, you won’t get enough time to react and that may lead to an accident. It is advisable to leave enough of a space to the vehicle in front and yes, don’t be nervous if someone is following you too closely. Just focus on the road in front rather than doing something silly to make the car behind smash into you.
Never Stop Your Car in the Middle of the Road:
Don’t make the mistake of stopping your car all of a sudden in the middle of the road as someone may crash into your car from behind. If you have no other option but to stop the car, do so by turning on the parking light. Just pull over your car by giving proper signal so that other drivers behind you can reduce the speed of their vehicles by seeing you slowing down and moving to the side.
Use Fog Lights Only When the Fog is Quite Thick:
If the fog around your car is extremely thick, you should always make it a point to turn on both the rear fog lamps and front fog lamps. You can do without the front fog lamps as the low beam headlights will work for you during foggy conditions, but rear fog lamps are a must when there is excessively dense fog around the car as you never know when a vehicle hits you from behind or you may end up colliding with someone in front. It is also important to keep in mind that turning on the rear fog lamps during normal conditions can be dangerous especially at night as the drivers behind you might be dazzled by the rear fog lights of your car.
Use the Blower to Minimize Condensation:
If there is fog outside the car, the interiors of your car will also be adversely affected. The windshield can become foggy due to condensation thereby obstructing the view. In this situation, you should turn on the heater which will help you clear the screen.